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click to enlarge Lincoln Seymour and Shanésia Davis

Lincoln Seymour and Shanésia Davis

Austin Packard

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 26 2017
Price: $55-$60
porchlightmusictheatre.org
Porchlight Music Theatre opens its first season at the newly rehabbed Ruth Page Arts Center with a show that wouldn’t have been possible at its old haunt, Stage 773. Brenda Didier’s production of this uplifting 2000 movie musical features a massive Margaret Thatcher puppet that towers over the cast, and Billy (Lincoln Seymour and Jacob Kaiser alternate in the role) soars above the audience during its most euphoric scene. Didier’s direction achieves the balance of grace and grit required by Lee Hall and Elton John’s adaptation, best reflected in the performances of Sean Fortunato, whose portrayal of grieving widower is steeped in pain, and Shanésia Davis, who's an electric onstage presence when she gets to cut loose. —Oliver Sava

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