Ko and Hennig Will Join Cast of Broadway's Billy Elliot; Kulish, Gwynne, Bologna Depart

By Andrew Gans
28 Aug 2009

From Top: Alex Ko and Kate Hennig
From Top: Alex Ko and Kate Hennig

Tony Award winner Kiril Kulish, one of the three young boys who created the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical, will play his final performance at the Imperial Theatre Oct. 3 at 8 PM. He will be succeeded by Alex Ko, who joins the cast of rotating Billys the week of Oct. 5.

Haydn Gwynne, who originated the role of Mrs. Wilkinson in the U.K. and Broadway productions of Billy, will end her New York run Oct. 4. Gwynne will be followed by Canadian stage actress Kate Hennig, who begins performances on Broadway Oct. 6.

Tony-nominee David Bologna will also soon depart the cast, playing his final performance as Michael Sept. 27. Keean Johnson, previously an understudy in the role, will join the rotation in the role of Michael with Trevor Braun.

Alex Ko will be making his Broadway debut as Billy. He was the youngest student admitted to the University of Iowa Dance Department at age 12 and has been guided by ballet masters Eloy Barragán & George de la Peña. He is the winner of national and regional dance titles.

Kate Hennig received a Dora Award nomination for her work in the world premiere of The Danish Play. She has also been seen onstage in The Blue Light and The Penelopiad. She won Betty Mitchell Awards for her performances in the Canadian productions of Cabaret and Beauty Queen of Leenane and the Dora Award for her work in Ratbag.



Featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre Nov. 13, 2008, and is the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards.

Billy Elliot the Musical, according to press notes, "is the funny, heartwarming tale of a young boy with a dream, and a celebration of his triumph against the odds. Set against the historic British miners’ strike of the 1980s, the story follows Billy’s journey as a boy in a small mining town who, after stumbling across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, realizes that his future lay not in the boxing ring but on stage as a dancer."

For tickets visit BillyElliotBroadway.