“The talented Mitchell Tobin, who alternates with three other young actors in this title role, played the part of Billy. The 12-year-old from Florida claims this is his "dream role," and it becomes evident by watching him that he was, in fact, meant for this”
"In waltzes, or rather, in pirouettes Mitchell Tobin. To use words in unison with the verbiage often used throughout the musical, the end result was “bloody brilliant”. Mitchell, a 14-year old witty and charming lad was hailed in from Florida to reprise the role of Billy Elliot with only five days to rehearse before opening night. His strong presence, yet vulnerability on stage allowed the audience to connect to his charisma, as he portrays a young boy, who struggles to follow his passion for dance and make his dreams come true during turmoil in the 1984 strike against the Thatcher termination of British coal mines. Mitch’s comicality and extraordinary performance topped the show as he sang, danced, and used his acrobatic skills to captivate the audience. His compelling acting abilities and English brogue led the audience to laughter, tears, and cheers with a well-deserved standing ovation at the end."
— (LA Splash Review Jan. 2015)
"It had been five months since Mitchell Tobin had performed the role, and with only four days of rehearsal and new staging and choreography, he stepped into the production and gave a triumphant performance on opening night that went far beyond inspirational. It was full of passion, and grace, and the poise of a true professional. During curtain call, as the audience jumped to its feet in thunderous applause, the beaming smile on his face said it all.
"It takes four young actors, alternating in performances, to convey the story of a lad from a lower-class mining family, a boxing student who drops into a ballet class by chance and uses his newfound dancing skills to punch his ticket out of a grimy existence. If they're all as accomplished as Mitchell Tobin, who starred in Wednesday's opening, this show will run a long, long time."
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