Broadway's Billy Elliot Searching for Its Star

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The Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical — scheduled to arrive in New York in fall 2008 — is searching for young actors to play the roles of Billy and Michael.

Auditions for these roles will be held in New York City and in Boston on Nov. 11 and 18, respectively. The Manhattan auditions will take place at the Hilton Theatre Studios, 214 West 43rd Street; sign up begins at 10 AM. Boston auditions will be held at the Boston Ballet Studios, 19 Clarendon Street; sign up begins at 11:30 AM.

Those auditioning must be able to dance, sing and act and should be no taller than five feet. For more information visit www.bebilly.com.

Elton John (score) and Lee Hall's (book) Billy Elliot, which is based on the film of the same name, is set in England's North East against the background of the miners' strike. The musical concerns a working-class boy's dream of becoming a ballet dancer. Stephen Daldry directs.

Billy Elliot features choreography by Peter Darling, scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Producers are Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are executive producers.

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.

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