Billy Elliot Offers Actors Fund Performance Feb. 24

News   Billy Elliot Offers Actors Fund Performance Feb. 24 The Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical offers a special performance to benefit the Actors Fund Feb. 24.

The 8 PM performance of the hit musical at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) benefits the non-profit organization.

For tickets call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133, e-mail tickets@actorsfund.org or visit www.store.actorsfund.org.

The 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical currently stars Trent Kowalik, Michael Dameski, Alex Ko, Liam Redhead and Dayton Tavares, who alternate in the role of Billy, with Kate Hennig as Mrs. Wilkinson, Philip Whitchurch as Dad, Carole Shelley as Grandma, Will Chase as Tony and Trevor Braun and Jake Evan Schwencke as Michael.

The show, which recouped its $18 million investment in 14 months, is presented by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Weinstein Live Entertainment, and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film.

Billy Elliot the Musical, according to press notes, is the "joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a passion that takes him by surprise, and takes his whole family on an incredibly uplifting adventure." The musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. The production has scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

The Actors Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.

For more information visit www.actorsfund.org.

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