Billy Joel’s music comes to life in musical at Lexington Opera House

By Autumn Riddle

Fans of the Piano Man won’t be movin’ out of the Lexington Opera House this weekend during performances of the singer’s popular musical.

Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and famous director and choreographer Twyla Tharp have collaborated to produce the Broadway musical “Movin’ Out,” which begins at 8 tonight at the Lexington Opera House. The musical will also be performed at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

During the musical, dancers will perform in moves that connect the musical with Joel’s lyrics, with a pianist providing the accompanying music. A Billy Joel cover band will provide the music this weekend.

“The story is told with no dialogue — only through Billy Joel’s music and incredible movement created by Tharp to interpret his words,” said Luanne Franklin, program director at the Opera House.

Set in 1960s Long Island, “Movin’ Out” uses 24 of Billy Joel’s songs to tell the story of five characters’ lives over two decades.

“What has evolved is an extraordinary blend of dance, rock ‘n’ roll, and theatre,” Franklin said.

Tickets range from $54.50 to $74.50 and are on sale now at the Lexington Center Box Office. Call (859) 233-3535 for ticket information.