More Dates Announced for Mower's Billy

News   More Dates Announced for Mower's Billy Teenage stage star Liam Mower, the last remaining original Billy Elliot in the current cast of the Elton John musical, will perform extra dates before his final appearance in the show on Sept. 30.

According to the show’s spokesperson, producers have reacted to repeated requests from the public to see 14-year-old Mower in the role he helped create when Billy Elliot, The Musical premiered at London’s Victoria Palace in March 2005.

Mower created and shared the role of 11-year old Billy with co-stars George Maguire and James Lomas, though it was Mower who performed on the opening night.

The three teenage performers shared the Best Actor in a Musical Award at the Olivier Awards. Stephen Daldry’s production won Best New Musical and Peter Darling picked up the Best Theatre Choreographer Award.

In a statement Mower said, "Nothing could have prepared me for the experience I have had playing Billy Elliot. It’s hard work but great fun. Everyone I have met from my first day of rehearsals and through my final weeks has been so supportive. I will miss them all."

It was recently reported that the show will arrive in New York in 2008. Billy's Broadway debut is being delayed so the musical's creators — including composer John, librettist Lee Hall and director Daldry — can fine-tune the piece and make some aspects of the story — including details about the U.K.'s miners' union — more accessible to American audiences. But the central story in Hall's feel-good book (based on Hall and Daldry's 2000 film), about a working-class boy's dream of becoming a ballet dancer, would appear to have every chance of overcoming any cultural barriers.

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