January 23, 2013 1:36 AM

Robert Trussell | Dancing cuts through the clutter of ‘Billy Elliot’

“Billy Elliot the Musical,” which opened Tuesday at the Music Hall, did what it had to do to earn a standing ovation: It softened us up with easy laughs, tugged at our heartstrings with sentimentality, pumped us full of high-octane arrangements of generally forgettable Elton John melodies and dazzled us with some exceptional choreography.

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