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.