SIR Elton John wept at the opening night of his new musical, based on the movie Billy Elliot.

The music legend admits he cried when he first saw the film at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, because the main character's battle to become a ballet dancer in a working class area of England so closely resembled his own early years.

He loved the film so much, he persuaded director Stephen Daldry and author Lee Hall to turn it into a stage show, with lyrics by Hall and music by John.

And tears flowed again at London's Victoria Palace Theatre on Wednesday night (11MAY05).

John says, "The last three songs completely got me again. I was blubbing. I didn't think I would be relaxed enough to give it my full emotions, but from the word go I was away."

Sir Elton wasn't the only wet eye in the theatre - other celebrity guests found it hard to contain their emotions. Jamie Bell, who played Elliot on the big screen admits, "I didn't stop crying all night."

13/05/2005 17:32