Tony Nominee Bologna Says Goodbye to Billy Elliot Sept. 27

By Andrew Gans
27 Sep 2009

David Bologna, a 2009 Tony Award nominee for his performance as Michael in Billy Elliot the Musical, plays his final performance in that Tony-winning musical at the Imperial Theatre Sept. 27 at 3 PM.

Keean Johnson, previously an understudy in the role, will join the rotation in the role of Michael with Trevor Braun.

As previously reported, 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 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.

Billy Elliot which earned ten 2009 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical has music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. The production opened on Nov. 13, 2008, at Broadway's Imperial Theatre.

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.