PHOTO CALL: Kiril Kulish, Thomas Horn, Connie Stevens and More at Billy Elliot L.A. Opening

By Matthew Blank
April 13, 2012

The 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical makes its Los Angeles premiere at the Pantages Theatre in a limited engagement through May 13.

Here is a look at the April 12 opening night red carpet:



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Jai Rodriguez
Photo by Ed Geller



Featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot began Broadway previews Oct. 1, 2008, and opened to critical acclaim on Nov. 13. The production recouped its $18 million investment in only 14 months.

Billy Elliot the Musical was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; Best Book of a Musical (Lee Hall); Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish); Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Gregory Jbara);  Best Direction of a Musical (Stephen Daldry); Best Choreography (Peter Darling); Best Orchestrations (Martin Koch); Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Ian MacNeil); Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Rick Fisher); Best Sound Design of a Musical (Paul Arditti).

Billy Elliot the Musical, press notes state, "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."

Tickets are available at www.BroadwayLA.org