Comedy musical Billy Elliot features music by Sir Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay of the same title. The plot revolves around Billy, a motherless boy in Northern England, who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes. Set during the UK miners' strike in 1984-1985 the musical also explores themes of community strife. The Broadway production, which opened at the Imperial Theatre in 2008, continues to be one of theater row's most popular shows to date. The show has been both financially and critically successful, taking in over $20 million in advanced tickets sales, and winning 10 Tony Awards, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Billy Elliot tickets are highly coveted among tourists who seek a theatrical experience that showcases young talent.