Broadway Scene Stealers: The Men

By Ben Rimalower
13 Aug 2013

David Bologna

6. David Bologna, Billy Elliot

I doubt anyone who's seen the megahit Billy Elliot could forget David Bologna's Tony-nominated performance as Michael, Billy's gay best friend and a rare role model for Billy as someone who in his own way, also doesn't fit in with the traditional working class community they live in. Michael first demonstrates this in his show-stopping song, "Expressing Yourself," where he asks Billy, "What the hell's wrong with expressing yourself, being who you want to be?" It's the central question of the show, and it lands as deeply with Billy as it does with the audience being wowed by Armstrong's bravura rendition, skirt, bangles, make-up and all.



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