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win an original cast recording from ‘Billy Elliot,’ the new stage musical (now closed)

NOW CLOSED. WINNERS: Gabriel, Rachel, Wendy Marie

THE RULES: Here’s a gimme contest for ya: No need to be funny or clever — all you need to do to enter is click to send an email. If you have not won a prize in one of my caption contests or gimme giveaways in 2006*, and you have a United States mailing address, you’re eligible to win. (*Micropatrons who’ve snagged some exclusive micropatron goodies are eligible to win.) One entry per person.
The stand-up-and-cheer 2000 movie Billy Elliot has landed in London’s West End as a new musical, and to celebrate, I’ve got three copies of the show’s original cast recording, with music by Elton John, to give away. The show will move to Broadway in 2007, but you can get a preview with this 2-CD box set.

Here’s the scoop on the show:

Based on the beloved film, the new musical Billy Elliot is London’s hottest sold-out ticket, playing to sold out houses and reaching wide acclaim from critics and theatre-goers alike. Decca Broadway’s release of the Original Cast Recording features a score and performances by Elton John. Included in the 2-CD box set are complete lyrics and exclusive photo postcards.

Hailed as “The Greatest British Musical” by The London Telegraph, Billy Elliot has won universal praise for its powerful and theatrical score, unlike any Elton John has ever written. The songwriter has himself expressed having an emotional attachment to the story since seeing the film, and has called this work one of his most heartfelt. His uplifting orchestrations run a wide gamut of genres including influences of rock, show music and pop ballads. From the jazzy hooks of the catchy “Solidarity” to the enchanting theatrics of the cast of children singing and tap dancing in “Expressing Yourself”, the music reaches beyond the standard Broadway fare. Elton John’s solo renditions of key tracks are the icing on the cake, further proving the super-star’s status as one of the foremost singer-songwriters of our time.

Over at iClassics.com, you can listen to three full tracks from the show when you sign up for a Digital Opus email newsletter about Broadway, classical, and movie music. Check out the show’s official Web site. If you don’t want to wait to win, buy the 2-CD set at Amazon.

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