Elton John Plans Billy Elliot Musical

News   Elton John Plans Billy Elliot Musical The Daily Mail reports that Elton John is collaborating with Lee Hall, the scriptwriter of hit film "Billy Elliot," to create a stage musical version of the movie.

A musical would be guaranteed to make a star of whichever talented teenager is picked for the role, just as the film did for Jamie Bell.

Stephen Daldry would be the ideal candidate as director; not just because of his role in the film, but because despite a burgeoning career in films - "The Hours" with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman premieres later this year — he is still primarily thought of as a man of the theatre.

This would be the second Billy musical the West End has seen. Drury Lane had a huge hit in the mid 1970's with Billy, the stage version of Keith Waterhouse's novel and film. It was a great personal success for a young Michael Crawford and for a young singer called Elaine Paige.

With Stephen Daldry, Elton John and Lee Hall working together, a Billy Elliot musical would be bound to be every bit as big as Billy was: Expect to see a very long line of hopeful teenagers and their grimly determined mothers outside the stage door of wherever the auditions for Billy Elliot are held.

—By Paul Webb Theatrenow