Stephen Daldry and Original Tony-Winning Trio Make Surprise Appearance at Billy Elliot Performance
By Andrew Gans
Stephen Daldry, who directed the Tony-winning Best Musical Billy Elliot, made a surprise appearance at the Nov. 15 performance of the acclaimed musical at the Imperial Theatre.
Prior to curtain, Daldry addressed the audience, explaining that the musical was celebrating its third anniversary on Broadway. The director commented about the more than 60 boys who have played the title role around the world as well as the four young actors who are currently starring on Broadway. The evening's performance featured Tade Biesenger in the title role.
Following the performance, all four Billys (including Biesenger, Julian Elia, Joseph Harrington and Peter Mazurowski) were joined by the musical's original stars, David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik, who all won Tonys for their performances and appear to have each grown a foot or more since their Broadway debuts. The four current Billys and then the three original Billys performed brief dances that were greeted by cheers from the audience.
To view photos from the evening, click here.
As previously reported, the production will play its final performance at the Imperial Jan. 8, 2012, having played 40 preview and 1,304 regular performances.
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 surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever."
The musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry.
For tickets and information visit www.BillyElliotBroadway.com.
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