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Billy Elliot the Musical

Billy Elliot the Musical
Billy Elliot

Productions
West End
The work premiered in March 2005 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, where it is still showing; it reportedly cost £5.5 million to make (the original film version cost $5 million).[2] It is directed by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling, as was the original film. The producers were Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions Plc and David Furnish. Ian MacNeil designed the sets, Nicky Gillibrand designed the costumes, and Rick Fisher designed the lighting. The original cast album was released on 10 January 2006. The musical received universally favourable reviews: the Daily Telegraph’s Charles Spencer called it "the greatest British musical I have ever seen", and it was called "a theatrical masterpiece" by The Daily Mail.[3] It won three Laurence Olivier Awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor (awarded jointly to James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - the boys who played Billy Elliot) and Choreographer. It also won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.[4] On 12 May 2006, the three original Billys (Lomas, Maguire and Mower) appeared in a final show together to celebrate the show’s first anniversary. The three rotated the role during the performance and were joined at the end by Sir Elton John. When the musical celebrated its third anniversary in London, the newly-cast Billys for the Broadway production danced to “Electricity”.

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Awards

Billy Elliot the Musical is a musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. The music is by Sir Elton John, and book and lyrics are by Lee Hall (who wrote the film’s screenplay). The musical revolves around motherless Billy, who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes. The story of his personal struggle and fulfillment are balanced against a counter-story of family and community strife caused by the eighties’ coal miners’ strike in Northern England. Hall’s screenplay was inspired in part by A. J. Cronin’s novel, The Stars Look Down, and the musical’s opening song is an homage.[1] The musical opened in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical. The success of Billy Elliot the Musical has led to productions in Australia and on Broadway.

Australia
The musical opened at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on 13 November 2007 (with the Australian Media Premiere later on 13 Dec).[5]In January 2008 the production won Best Musical at the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards, and it has been earning good notices.[6] This production also won the Helpmann Award for Best Musical, as well as Best Actor (awarded jointly to the four boys who played Billy Elliot - Rhys Kosakowski, Nick Twiney, Lochlan Denholm and Rarmian Newton).[7] The

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production concluded in Sydney on 9 November 2008 with all eight Sydney Billy Elliots in the finale and transferred to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, opening on 13 December 2008.[8]

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The 2nd audition for the musical is currently ongoing. Any boys aged 9 to 12 and under 150cm (5 feet) without broken voice can apply. http://news.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/ 200902/h2009022303312184310.htm

Broadway
The production opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theater[9] on 1 October 2008 in previews and officially on 13 November 2008. The London production’s creative team directed and designed the Broadway production.[4] The title role was rotated among three young actors, David Álvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik. On 10 February 2009, Tommy Batchelor played the role in his Broadway Debut.[10][11][12] The original three boys in the lead role have been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.[13] Like the original production, the Broadway production received rave reviews[14]: Time called it a "triumph", Liz Smith called it "breathtakingly brilliant" and "absolutely, unequivocally awesome", the Daily News said it was "so exhilarating that at times you feel like leaping",[15] the New York Post said it was "almost like being in love" and termed it "amusing, perfect and passionate" and "the best show you will ever see", and the Los Angeles Times called it a "global theatrical phenomenon".[16] It has also been very financially successful, with £20 million taken in advance ticket sales.[17] On 5 May 2009, it was announced that Billy Elliot had received fifteen Tony Award nominations, a record tied with The Producers.[18]

Synopsis
Set in County Durham, against the backdrop of the 1984-85 coal miners’ strike, motherless eleven-year-old Billy inadvertently finds his way out of his boxing practice and into a ballet class run by Mrs. Wilkinson. Only girls have joined the class, to date. He becomes attracted to the grace of the dance and yearns to learn more. While his brother, father and neighbors are on strike and clash with riot police, Billy continues to show up at the studio, keeping it a secret from his family, who would prefer that he take on more manly, working-class pursuits. One of the girls in the class is Mrs. Wilkinson’s daughter, Debbie, and she and Billy form a friendship. Billy comically responds to Debbie’s enquiry as to whether he would like to see her fanny: "Na...I think I’m okay." When the local boxing coach informs Billy’s dad that the boy hasn’t been to practice in months, he erupts, realizing that the money he gave his son for boxing was spent on something else. Soon Billy’s father finds out where his son had been for past few months, and he storms into the ballet class, forbidding Billy from attending and Mrs. Wilkinson, who is supportive of the boy, from teaching him. Mrs. Wilkinson, recognizing the boy’s talent, privately suggests to Billy that he come to the studio for free solo lessons. During these lessons, she improves Billy’s skill to a level beyond that of her entire class. Eventually, she encourages him to consider auditioning for the Royal Ballet School in London. Another thread in the story, also addressing the difficulties of those who want things outside of the norm, is built around Billy’s friend Michael, age about 12, beginning to grasp that he is homosexual. He persuades Billy to have fun with him dressing up in women’s clothing, dancing to the lively "Expressing Yourself" ("The world’s grey enough without making it worse. What we need is individuality."), disdaining the restrictive inhibitions of their working class community.

Seoul
The smash hit “Billy Elliot the Musical” will be opened on 2010 Summer at one of the reputable venues in Korea - LG Arts Center. The Korean production of Billy Elliot, Magistella, starts the first step to find the title role Billy. The 1st audition for Billy was in February, 2009 and over 300 boys applied to be a Billy. Some of the auditionees were amazingly talented boys who experienced other Musicals such as Lion King, Last Empress,and Nine,etc or have been recognized in ballet or tap competitions. The associate creative team said that they are impressed by the amazingly talented boys in Korea and expecting the birth of Korean Billy very much.

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All the while, Billy’s gruff, conservative father and brother are engaged in a daily battle with riot police that often turns bloody. They struggle to get the family by with very little in strike and union pay, a difficult task that goes on for nearly a year. When the day of the audition comes, Mrs. Wilkinson arives to pick Billy up. However, she is forced to barge in on the boy’s family and some members of the community that have gathered at the Elliot home. She is forced to reveal to them that she has been secretly teaching Billy ballet and that she plans on taking him to the Royal Ballet School audition that very morning. This news sets off Billy’s father and even more so his brother Tony, who pushes the boy around, calls him names and embarrasses him in front of the gathering of people. This setback sends Billy into a rage, and for nearly a year he stays away from everything related to ballet. ACT II At Christmas time the community gathers. Some of the children put on a show disparaging the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, who is seen as the antagonist from the coal miners’ perspective. After the performance, Billy’s father, a little drunk on beer, sings an old folk song that draws back memories of his deceased wife. The typically stoic man runs out of the community center in tears and everyone but Billy and Michael follow him out. Alone in the room, Michael reveals to Billy that he has feelings for him, and Billy explains to Michael that although he likes ballet he is not gay. Nonetheless, he lets Michael give him a kiss on the cheek and then, knowing Michael’s penchant for cross-dressing, offers him a ballet dress to take home. Michael then leaves Billy alone in the room, giving Billy a chance to dance for the first time since the disaster when Mrs. Wilkinson tried to pick him up for the audition. From the door, his father watches Billy’s dance routine in silence. Overcome with emotion, he goes to Mrs. Wilkinson’s house to discuss Billy’s prospects as a dancer. Mrs. Wilkinson informs Mr. Elliot that Billy is quite talented but that, naturally, she can’t tell if the he would definitely get in the Royal Ballet School or not. She also gives Mr. Elliot a ballpark figure of how much the audition and school tuition would cost, figures that are well beyond his means. Mr. Elliot leaves her not exactly encouraged

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but, at the same time, with the recognition that his boy’s future is in his hands. It makes Mr. Elliot question his working class pride and wonder what kind of a future mining really has. Mr. Elliot decides that he must at least try to help his son. And the only way he can do that is to go back to work and earn money. When Tony sees his father cross the picket line, he becomes infuriated and confused. The two argue over what is more important, sticking together in the hopes of reviving the mining industry or helping Billy get to the audition in London. The argument eventually comes to blows and somehow Billy is hit accidentally. The incident makes one of the miners realize that the most important thing to look after is this Billy, not a dying, roughneck industry that may not even be around for the boy’s generation. The miner gives Billy his strike pay to show solidarity of a different kind. Eventually, all of the miners offer to help Billy by contributing some of their strike money. Tony, though, points out that even with all of their money Billy still can’t afford even the bus trip to London. But before all hope is lost, a strike-breaker approaches Billy and offers him hundreds of pounds from his wage. Tony erupts in rage at the man’s mere presence, much less his offer of money. He throws the man’s money on the floor, claiming it "dirty." The community, though, stands behind Billy, and eventually Tony runs off. Billy and his father finally get to the Royal Ballet School for the audition. Mr. Elliot is forced to wait outside with another father while their boys take the stage. The other father, an upper-crust Londoner, highlights the differences between the Elliots and the families of the other contenders. Soon after, Mr. Elliot meets a dancer who offers him a cigarette. The man, who has a thick Liverpudlian accent says he is from Glasgow and has a Glaswegian accent, (in the Sydney and Melbourne productions the man is from Wyong on the New South Wales Central Coast) could very well be Billy in five or ten years. The two have a cigarette together and start talking. Mr. Elliot enquires how the dancer got to where he is. The man informs Billy’s dad that his father never supported his interest in ballet and still to this day doesn’t support it. Before leaving Mr. Elliot alone, the man gets up in his face and, in a sharp tone of voice, tells him to "get behind his boy."

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Billy nervously finishes the audition and leaves with a sinking feeling that he did not do well. As he packs his gear, he lets that emotion take over and eventually punches another ballet contender in the face. Before the Elliots leave, they have a joint conference with the people holding the auditions. Billy is informed of the strict standards of the school, and he apologizes for punching the other boy. It is also mentioned that they received an enthusiastic letter from Mrs. Wilkinson, a note that helped them to understand Billy’s background and situation. Finally, they ask Billy to describe what he feels when he dances. Billy responds with a heartfelt declaration of his passion. Back in Durham the Elliots resume life as usual, until one day Billy receives a letter from the Royal Ballet School. His family eagerly waits for him to open it. When he finally does, he informs everyone that he didn’t make it and throws the note in the waste bin. But Tony picks the letter out of the trash and reports to everyone that Billy did indeed get accepted. Before anyone can get excited, though, a miner enters the house and tells everyone that the union has given in and that they are to return to work immediately. The miners soon return to the shaft mining pits, resigned to the fact that they are a part of a dying industry and a withering community. They brave on with the same solidarity they exhibited during the strike. Billy says goodbye to the miners and then drops in on Mrs. Wilkinson. He wishes her farewell, thanking her for everything she did to help him pursue his unconventional dream. As Billy leaves, Michael enters on his bicycle and calls for Billy to say goodbye. This ends with Billy giving Michael a goodbye kiss on the cheek.

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• The Letter (Reprise) • Finale

Awards and nominations

Sign in West End The West End production was nominated for nine 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards and won four. At thirteen, Liam Mower was the youngest actor to win the award. The actors were also the first to win the award in a shared capacity. Lomas, Maguire, and Mower also jointly received the Theatre Goers’ Choice Award 2005 for The Most Promising Newcomer. Billy Elliot the Musical has also won The Evening Standard Award 2005, among others.[19] On 5 May 2009 it was announced that the Broadway production received 15 nominations for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards, tied with The Producers for most Tony Award nominations received by a single show.[18] The Broadway production was nominated for nine 2008-09 Outer Critics Circle Awards, wining seven, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical, and also received a Special Achievement Award for David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish.[20]

Musical numbers
Act I • The Stars Look Down • Shine • Grandma’s Song • Solidarity • Expressing Yourself • The Letter • Born to Boogie • Angry Dance Act II • Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher • Deep into the Ground • Swan Lake • He Could be a Star • Electricity • Once We Were Kings

Olivier Awards
Winners in bold.[21][22] • Best Lighting Design — Rick Fisher • Best Set Design — Ian MacNeil • • • Best Actress in a Musical — Haydn Gwynne •

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• Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical — Tim Healy • Best Director — Stephen Daldry •

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• Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical (Rick Fisher) • Outstanding Sound Design (Paul Arditti)

Tony Award nominations
• Tony Award for Best Musical • Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical — Lee Hall • Tony Award for Best Original Score — Elton John, Lee Hall • Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical — David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish (joint nomination) • Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical — David Bologna • Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical — Gregory Jbara • Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical — Haydn Gwynne • Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical — Carole Shelley • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical — Stephen Daldry • Tony Award for Best Choreography — Peter Darling • Tony Award for Best Orchestrations — Martin Koch • Tony Award for Best Scenic Design — Ian MacNeil • Tony Award for Best Costume Design — Nicky Gillibrand • Tony Award for Best Lighting Design — Rick Fisher • Tony Award for Best Sound Design — Paul Arditti

Characters and original casts
Following are the original casts of London, Australian, and Broadway productions.

London cast
• Billy – James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower • Michael – Brad Kavanagh, Ashley Lloyd and Ryan Longbottom • Debbie – Brooke Havana Bailey, Emma Hudson and Lucy Stephenson • Mrs. Wilkinson – Haydn Gwynne • Dad – Tim Healy • Tony – Joe Caffrey • Grandma – Ann Emery • George – Trevor Fox • Mr. Braithwaite – Steve Elias • Dead Mum – Stephanie Putson • Billy’s Older Self – Isaac James

Australian cast
• Billy – Rhys Kosakowski, Nick Twiney, Lochlan Denholm and Rarmian Newton • Michael – Scott Eveleigh, Thomas Doherty, Landen Hale-Brown, Joel Slater • Debbie – Shannon Joliff, Fiona Booker, Kelsi Boyden, Taylor-Rose Campanella • Mrs. Wilkinson – Genevieve Lemon • Dad – Richard Piper • Tony – Justin Smith • Grandma – Lola Nixon • George – Linal Haft • Mr. Braithwaite – John Xintavelonis • Dead Mum – Samantha Morley • Billy’s Older Self – Joshua Horner

Drama Desk Awards
The musical won all of the following: • Outstanding Musical • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Gregory Jbara) • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Haydn Gwynne) • Outstanding Director of a Musical • Outstanding Choreography • Outstanding Music • Outstanding Book of a Musical • Outstanding Orchestrations (Martin Koch)

Broadway cast
• Billy – David Álvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish • Michael – David Bologna and Frank Dolce • Debbie – Erin Whyland • Mrs. Wilkinson – Haydn Gwynne • Dad – Gregory Jbara • Tony – Santino Fontana • Grandma – Carole Shelley • George – Joel Hatch • Mr. Braithwaite – Thommie Retter • Dead Mum – Leah Hocking

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• Billy’s Older Self – Stephen Hanna

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[13] Balcalzo, Dan"Tony Awards Rule on Eligibility of Billy Elliot Boys, Liza Minnelli, and More",theatermania.com, February 12, 2009 [14] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/ 4730708/How-Billy-Elliot-conqueredBroadway.html [15] http://www.billyelliotbroadway.com/ about.php [16] Billy Elliot - Press Reviews/ [17] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/ 4730708/How-Billy-Elliot-conqueredBroadway.html [18] ^ Gans, Andrew (2009-05-05). "Nominations for 2009 Tony Awards Announced; Billy Elliot Earns 15 Nominations". Playbill.com. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/ 128922.html. Retrieved on 2009-05-05. [19] "Elliot musical leads stage awards" from BBC News (accessed 28 February 2006) [20] Gans, Andrew.Billy Elliot, Carnage, Ruined and Avenger Are Outer Critics Circle Award Winners",playbill.com, May 11, 2009 [21] Olivier Winners 2006officiallondontheatre.co.uk, accessed 4 May 2009 [22] Nathan, John."2006 Laurence Olivier Nominations Announced; Billy Elliot Leads Pack with Nine Nominations",playbill.com, January 18, 2006

See also
• Billy Elliot • The Stars Look Down

References

[1] "Scotsman interview (2002)". http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/ s2.cfm?id=1432002. [2] Interview with Haydn Gwynne [3] Official Website - West End press reviews [4] ^ "Billy Elliot - The Musical to open at the Imperial Theatre on 16 Oct" New York Theatre Guide, 15 March 2008 [5] playbill article, Dec. 13, 2007, "Elton John and Lee Hall Take a Bow at Billy Elliot’s Australian Opening Dec. 13" [6] Variety review of the Sydney production [7] News [8] Billy Elliot to dance into Melbourne, Australia | performingartskids.com [9] Information about the Broadway production and possible changes to the show [10] Gans, Andrew (2008-04-22). "Playbill News: Broadway Finds Its Billy Elliots". Playbill. http://www.playbill.com/news/ article/117008.html. Retrieved on 2008-07-21. [11] "’Billy Elliot’ announces its New York cast". Associated Press. 2008-07-16. http://ap.google.com/article/ ALeqM5jC_k7cyKPlXF0qb6yz6hehBPsRAgD91UHUM00. the Musical official site • Billy Elliot Retrieved on 2008-07-21. • Billy Elliot the Musical at the Internet [12] Kahn, Robert (2008-04-22). "Wantagh Broadway Database teen wins lead ’Billy Elliot’ Broadway • Friends of Billy Elliot role". Newsday. • NODANW production information-London http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/ • Song lyrics stage/ny• The four young actors who play BILLY etbillyelliot0423,0,3515187.story. ELLIOT in London share with their role Retrieved on 2008-07-21. the passion for dancing - feature from todoMUSICALES

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