Drury Lane Theatre will present the Chicago-area regional premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot.
The production will begin previews April 9, 2015 prior to an official opening April 16. Billy Elliot will continue through June 7. Rachel Rockwell will direct, and Roberta Duchak will provide musical direction.
The musical features a score by Elton John (The Lion King, Aida) and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-nominated film that inspired the musical.
Here's how the production is billed: "Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners’ strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. As he struggles against the odds to make his dream of becoming a dancer come true, Billy inspires his family and whole community, changing their lives forever. This joyous celebration of one boy’s journey defying convention to follow his heart is a must-see theatrical experience."
Based on the hit film, Billy Elliot premiered in London in 2005 and continues its West End run. After opening on Broadway Nov. 13, 2008, at the Imperial Theatre, the production won ten 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Musical.
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