'Go Billy!' Elton John and Stephen Daldry Team Up for Billy Elliot Musical

News   'Go Billy!' Elton John and Stephen Daldry Team Up for Billy Elliot Musical Sir Elton John and Stephen Daldry will return to the stage as the composer and director of the stage adaptation of "Billy Elliot," the internationally acclaimed film. The stageshow may see the London stage as early as 2003, co-producer Sally Greene told Variety.

"Billy Elliot " follows the story of a young boy who finds a passion for dancing, much to the dismay of his family. John's score is expected to be completed in December which will likely be followed by a workshop. Expected to reteam with the film's director Daldry will be Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Lee Hall — who will provide book and lyrics — as well as choreographer Peter Darling. The film's producers, Working Title, is set to produce the stage version as well. No casting has been set as of yet, but Greene told Variety that Academy Award nominee Julie Walters has been approached to reprise her screen role. Casting the young lead, however, will now require both a strong dancer and singer to belt out John's music.

Daldry made a name for himself as a director at London's Royal Court Theatre and on Broadway with An Inspector Calls and Via Dolorosa. He then went on to direct films, most notably, his feature film debut "Billy Elliot." He directs the upcoming New York Theatre Workshop production of Caryl Churchill's Far Away starring Frances McDormand. Another upcoming work include "The Hours" starring Nicole Kidman (The Blue Room), Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep (The Seagull), Allison Janney (A View from the Bridge), Ed Harris, Claire Danes, Toni Collette (Wild Party), Eileen Atkins (Indiscretions), Stephen Dillane (The Real Thing), John C. Reilly (True West) and Miranda Richardson.

John is best known for his dozens of topselling and Grammy Award-winning pop songs including "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer," "Rocket Man," "Daniel," "Candle In The Wind," "Bennie And The Jets," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "I'm Still Standing" and many more. He first saw his name on the boards as his music for the animated film version of The Lion King was adapted for the stage. He later returned to the theatre as his Aida came to Broadway. Both Disney Theatrical productions are still running.