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Community opera by 'Billy Elliot' author revived after gay-character row resolved
LONDON (AP) ' The latest show from "Billy Elliot" playright Lee Hall will go on after all.
A dispute over words spoken by a gay character threatened to derail his new project ' a community opera involving 300 children.
Hall earlier this week said the project had collapsed after he refused to remove the lines "I am queer" and "I prefer a lad to a lass" from his opera, "Beached," as requested by the primary school involved in Bridlington, northeast England.
The school and the local council said Thursday that revisions in the script were made following "intense negotiations behind the scenes with all parties." The opera opens July 16.
"Beached" tells the story of an eventful day at the seaside set to music by composer Harvey Brough.