Date night: Billy Elliot the Musical

J.P. Viernes as Billy 2.jpg

This post is the first entry in a new series here on Wee Windy City: Date Night.

The idea of date night is great. You leave your kiddos with a sitter or relative, get dressed up in non-mom clothes (high heels if you can swing it) and spend the night with your partner-in-parenting focusing on your adult lives (as opposed to your full-time mommy and daddy gig).

However, the reality of date night is not so easy. My guess is that you parents out there know what I mean. Most of the time, it is pretty hard to actually get out of the house for some adult time. Between finding a babysitter, paying for dinner or an event, and getting motivated to change out of my mom clothes after a long day with the kids, sometimes it just doesn't seem worth it.

But this fall, I've resolved to make date night a priority. When my husband and I can get out for a few hours, we are going to jump on the opportunity -- even if it is just to grab a beer and a burger at a local restaurant. But for our first fall date night, we went bigger and better than that -- we saw Billy Elliot the Musical.

Billy Elliot is an intense story about a little boy following his dream of being a dancer
-- against all odds. While the musical is a bit darker than I remember
the movie being, overall I found the show to be pretty riveting. The staging, choreography, and music together tell an emotion-packed story.

character of Billy was played by J.P. Viernes the night we saw the show
(there is a rotating group of boys who play Billy). This kid was
absolutely amazing. I could not believe that someone so young could
play a role with such poise -- he makes the show all by himself.

After our night at the theatre, we were lucky enough to be invited to a post-show Blogger Bash at The Wit where we could meet the cast. Unfortunately, we decided to skip that part of the evening because I felt like I was coming down with something (p.s. I was right).

Overall, not bad for a fall date night. Does this show sound like something you'd like to do on your next kid-free night out? Billy Elliot the Musical is playing at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre through January 15th. Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago offices, the Broadway in Chicago ticket line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at

Disclosure: Broadway in Chicago kindly provided me with 2 complimentary tickets to see Billy Elliot.

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