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"Billy Elliot The Musical" confirmed at Victaria Palace from 11 March 2005
Tickets are now on sale!!
The musical was launched at the Royal Academy of Music today (Tue 22 June) with Elton John singing 4 of the songs from the new musical, and Lee Hall & Stephen Daldry talking about the project with Eric Fellner from Working Title films and Sally Green from Old Vic Productions.
The same team that created the multi-Oscar-nominated film of writer Lee Hall and director Stephen Daldry, the choreographer Peter Darling and the original producer Jon Finn reconvenes to create this live venture.
Billy Elliot : The Musical is produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan co-Chairmen of Working Title Films and theatre impresario Sally Greene, from Old Vic Productions along with Jon Finn.
The show has Book & Lyrics by Lee Hall & Music by Elton John. It is directed by Stephen Daldry, designed by Ian MacNeil, costumes by Sue Blane and choreography by Peter Darling .
Casting will be announced in September 2004
Said Eric Fellner, "As 'Billy Elliot - The Musical' is our first foray into theatre it was important to reunite the original creative force behind the film, but also to bring something new to the mix. It's inspired by the film but takes its own creative journey. Elton, Lee and Stephen make a remarkable team."
Sally Greene explains "Everyone who comes into contact with this show falls in love with the story and with Elton's songs - it's an unbeatable package."
And Sir Elton John stated "I'm extremely proud and excited to be working on Billy Elliot the stage musical - I was profoundly moved when I first saw the film. Billy's story of growing up in a working class household and having artistic ambitions has so many parallels with my own life. I cried my eyes out when Billy achieved his dreams with the full support of his family and friends."
Billy Elliot is the story of a boy from a humble Tyneside background, whose mother is dead, and whose father and brother are caught up in the bitterly fought community-splitting miner's strike of 1984. Billy's father wants his son to learn to box, like him and his father before him. But instead Billy becomes fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet. BILLY ELLIOT is about Billy's gritty and determined struggle, at first in secret, but then with the wholehearted backing of his family, to dance his way to the brightest of futures by winning a place at the Royal Ballet School.