Billy Elliot to Make Canadian Premiere in February 2011

By Andrew Gans
16 Feb 2010

Original Billy Elliot Broadway stars Haydn Gwynne and David Alvarez
Original Billy Elliot Broadway stars Haydn Gwynne and David Alvarez
Photo by David Scheinmann

Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Weinstein Live Entertainment announced Feb. 16 that the Tony-winning Billy Elliot the Musical will be presented in Toronto as part of the 2010-2011 Mirvish Subscription Season.

Performances will begin in Toronto in February 2011.  Casting and venue will be announced at a later date.

In a statement David Mirvish said, "From the moment I and members of my staff saw Billy Elliot the Musical in its very first London previews, we knew this was a show destined to join the ranks of the best stage musicals ever created. We saw the show again after it had its official London opening and our initial reactions were reconfirmed – in fact, our love of the show grew exponentially. We knew we had to have this immensely impressive work in Toronto.

"Immediately we connected with the show’s producers and creative team and together we worked on various scenarios to bring the show to Canada. As you can imagine, Billy Elliot, with its multi-talented cast and intricately crafted storytelling, music and dancing, is a massive undertaking that has to be handled very carefully. So it is with great pleasure and excitement that we are announcing Billy Elliot will finally be coming to Toronto. We can hardly wait for February 2011 to have the show on one of our stages."

Billy Elliot the Musical, according to press notes, is the "joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a passion that takes him by surprise, and takes his whole family on an incredibly uplifting adventure."



The musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. The production has scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

Billy Elliot the Musical is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are executive producers.

Group tickets to Billy Elliot the Musical are now available by calling (416) 593-4142 or (800) 724-6420. Single tickets to Billy Elliot the Musical will go on sale to the general public in September. For more information visit www.mirvish.com.