If you never saw the 2000 film “Billy Elliot,” maybe it’s just as well — because now you can see the story live on stage, set to the music of pop icon Elton John.

John wrote the score for “Billy Elliot The Musical,” opening Tuesday at ASU Gammage in Tempe, and some critics have called the body of songs John’s best score yet, with The New York Times calling it downright “show-stopping and electric.”

The show itself earned 10 2009 Tony Awards, including best musical.

Set in a small town in the mid-1980s, the story follows young Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into ballet class, discovering a passion that inspires his family and his community — which is torn apart by a violent miners’ strike.

The show contains some adult language, and parental discretion is recommended for children 8 and older.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

DETAILS >> Opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and runs through May 8. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. $25-$103. (480) 965-3434 or asugammage.com.

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