Is Billy Elliott The Best British Musical Ever?

Plenty of musicals being made from films these days. The new Billy Elliott is the best of them, writes Charles Spencer. “This is not a time to beat about the bush. Billy Elliot strikes me as the greatest British musical I have ever seen, and I have not forgotten Lionel Bart’s Oliver! or Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. There is a rawness, a warm humour and a sheer humanity here that is worlds removed from the soulless slickness of most musicals.”