Is it that much of a leap to think the son of an on-strike British coal miner would prefer dancing to boxing?
Of course, a leap is exactly what young Billy Elliot takes in the 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Billy Elliot The Musical. (The show won 10 Tonys in all.)
Billy’s talent and passion eventually win over his staunchly blue-collar family, but the trip — including songs with music by Elton John — is both high drama and high (and some low) comedy, abetted by Billy’s best friend and would-be ballet teacher.
CAPA and Broadway In Columbus bring the touring production of Billy Elliot The Musical to the Palace Theatre, with shows continuing through Sunday, March 25 (including matinees on Saturday and Sunday).
Tickets are $78-$28. Visit www.capa.com.
Opera Columbus presents vocal tour-de-force Denyce Graves in recital Friday, March 25, at the Southern Theatre.
The star mezzosoprano has performed with every major opera and in every major concert hall around the world. And to think, one of her earliest successes was winning Opera Columbus’ Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition.
Tickets are $98-$38. Visit www.operacolumbus.org.
Few songwriters can make heartache sound as carefree and jaunty as Ben Kweller.
The power-popster — kind of a cross between Tom Petty and Matthew Sweet — is not all about the bittersweet of loss. Often the lush, hook-laden tunes are genuinely about new love or other such pleasantries, all of which suits Kweller just fine.
Kweller is on the road in support of his new record, Go Fly a Kite, and stops at The Basement Monday, March 26. Sleeper Agent and The Dig open.
Tickets are $18/$20. Visit www.promowest.com.
Another modern-day pop troubadour, Tennessee’s Drew Holcomb, combines indie minimalist pop with traditional acoustic singer-songwriter fare. When performing alongside his wife, Ellie, and other friends as Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Drew is a special treat.
Which will be the case Monday, March 26, at the A&R Bar, with support from opener Nathan Angelo. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
Individually, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitar wizard Derek Trucks are leading lights of modern blues-rock.
Together, well, it’s just insane. And geez louise, they’re married. So much chops in one household. So, after years of guesting on each other’s records, and playing together in the Allman Brothers Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band has released its debut album, Revelator.
And plays the Palace Theatre Thursday, March 29. Tickets are $65-$35. Visit www.sherpaconcerts.com