I’m “borrowing” this, but I certainly give credit where credit is due, so thanks to The Reverberate Hills; or The Apotheosis of the Narwhal.

Actual dialogue overheard in the lower lobby of the Pittsburgh Opera House during a Billy Budd intermission:

Wife: What was that other Billy musical we saw?
Husband: (after a pause) Billy Elliott.

This was far too hysterical (If you don’t know why, you need to ask me. In private. So as not to embarrass yourself. Even though I clearly am not afraid of embarrassing myself.) and I had to post it.


  1. A friend just told me about a similar experience: she was talking about the Ballad of Baby Doe and how much she liked it; when her friend said “How can you like that? It’s all about abortion!”
    (“Doe v. Wade” -hahahaha)

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Heh … I don’t know that opera at all. I’ve been meaning to check it out. Never thought it was about abortion, but always connected it to gangsters for some reason. Where the heck I get that, I don’t know!