THE SCREENING ROOM: Celebrating the Tony-Winning Musical Billy Elliot (Video)
08 Jan 2013
Billy Elliot: The Musical, featuring a score by Elton John and Lee Hall, closed on Broadway Jan. 8, 2012. In celebration of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Playbill.com looks back at Billy through the years.
The musical, based on the 2000 film of the same name, premiered in the West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical. Since then, the musical has had various productions all over the world and took home 10 Tony Awards, including the award for Lead Actor in a Musical that was shared by David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish.
Here are performances from the West End production, Broadway and more.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.