“High”, “Billy Elliot” Come To Ft. Lauderdale

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FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The tours of two emotionally powerful shows are making stops in Ft. Lauderdale.

Kathleen Turner leads the cast of “High,” a poignant tale of drugs and addiction, which will take to the stage of Parker Playhouse. Turner, 58, plays Sister Kathleen, an unusual nun who uses her power of faith to help a young man who is struggling.

“She’s a former alcoholic,” said Turner. “This is not your typical nun, let me tell you.

Turner first steamed up the big screen in 1981’s sexy “Body Heat.”

“I just woke up and realized it’s the 30th anniversary of “Body Heat,” she told CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo. “It’s amazing. There you have it. Well, at least I’m still working.”

Turner, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for many years said she understands addiction.

“Yes, I did abuse alcohol because it was a pain killer, but thankfully I am all away from that now,” said Turner.

“High” opens March 1st and runs through March 5th.

Over at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, “Billy Elliot The Musical” is a joyous celebration of a boy’s journey to becoming a dancer in a working class town

Ty Forhan, 13, plays Billy and Jacob Zelonsky, 13, plays Billy’s best friend.

“We actually have four “Billys” that rotate,” Forhan told Petrillo. “We do two shows a week.”

“It’s so much fun, the music is great, we are non-stop,” said Zelonsky.

Adapted from the film with songs by Elton John, this uplifting story focuses on the pressure “Billy” feels from his father to be a boxer when all he wants to do is dance. It’s something the young cast can relate to in real life.

“Especially boys,” said Forhan. “They don’t realize, so we have to show them, that dance is as physically demanding as sports.”

“Billy Elliot The Musical” will be at the performing arts center through March 12th.

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