North American Tour of Billy Elliot Will Play Brazil
By Andrew Gans
May 2, 2013
Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC in association with Time for Fun (T4F) announced May 2 that the North American tour of Billy Elliot the Musical will travel to South America this summer.
The award-winning musical will play a limited three-week engagement, Aug. 2-18, at Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil.
Based on the film of the same name and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, direction by Stephen Daldry and choreography by Peter Darling, Billy Elliot the Musical was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
“We continue to be amazed by the show’s success in London’s West End and the warm embrace it has received around the world. This is the first time Billy Elliot the Musical will visit South America, and we very much look forward to bringing it to the people of São Paulo, Brazil,” said producer Eric Fellner, Working Title Films Co-Chairman, in a statement.
“It is a great pleasure for Time for Fun to bring to Brazilian audiences all of the excitement and undeniable talent of one of the most celebrated musicals worldwide. We are sure that all Brazilians will feel immediately connected to and deeply touched by this beautiful story of a boy pursuing his dream,” added Stephanie Mayorkis, T4F’s Director of Family Entertainment Division.
Tickets go on sale to the general public May 14. Select presales begin May 7. Additional ticketing, price and venue information is available at www.ticketsforfun.com.br.
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 mining town in northeast England, 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 show is produced by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, associate direction by Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch. The touring production features direction by Justin Martin and choreography by Kathryn Dunn.