Billy Elliot to Open on Broadway in Fall 2008

News   Billy Elliot to Open on Broadway in Fall 2008 The Olivier Award-winning musical Billy Elliot, currently a hit at London's Victoria Palace Theatre, is looking toward a fall 2008 opening on Broadway.
George Mason in Billy Elliot.
George Mason in Billy Elliot. Photo by David Scheinmann

A casting notice for the Elton John-Lee Hall musical, which is based on the film of the same name, says that rehearsals for the Broadway company will begin in February 2008 with an autumn 2008 opening.

As previously announced, the musical will make its Australian debut Jan. 26, 2008, at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

Set in England's North East against the background of the miners' strike, Billy Elliot is about a working-class boy's dream of becoming a ballet dancer. The musical features a score by Elton John and a book by Lee Hall. Stephen Daldry directs.

The London production won Best New Musical at the 2006 Olivier Awards. Peter Darling picked up the Best Theatre Choreographer Award, while the Best Actor in a Musical Award was shared by James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower, who rotated in the title role.