The "Great Performances" production begins at 9 PM ET on PBS stations around the country; check local listings.
Recorded at the show’s West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, the cast is led by West End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall in the role of Billy’s dance teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson; Deka Walmsley, who plays Billy’s dad Jackie; Ann Emery in the role of Grandma; and Chris Grahamson in the role of Billy’s elder brother Tony. Elliott Hanna (age 11) plays the role of Billy Elliot, Zach Atkinson (13) the role of Michael and Demi Lee (11) the role of Debbie.
Liam Mower, who returns to the show in the role of Older Billy for the broadcast, was the first boy ever to play the title role onstage in 2005. In addition, 25 current and former Billy Elliots unite on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale.
"Set in a mining town in the north of England against the background of the 1984-85 miners’ strike," Billy Elliot, according to press notes, "is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever."