Last Dance: Tony Winner Kulish Departs Billy Elliot Oct. 3

By Andrew Gans
03 Oct 2009

Kiril Kulish
Kiril Kulish
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Kiril Kulish, one of three young performers who won a Tony Award for his performance in the title role of Billy Elliot the Musical, plays his final performance in that production 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.

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.