Tony Winner Faith Prince to Star in Billy Elliot's Second National Tour; Casting Complete

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25 Aug 2010

Faith Prince
Faith Prince

Tony Award winner Faith Prince will play dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in the second national tour of Billy Elliot the Musical, which launches Oct. 30 at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC.

Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions announced Aug. 25 that the title role will be shared by Giuseppe Bausilio, Michael Dameski, Kylend Hetherington, Lex Ishimoto and Daniel Russell.

The cast will also include Rich Hebert (Dad); Patti Perkins (Grandma); Jeff Kready (Tony); Joel Blum (George); Griffin Birney and Jacob Zelonky (Michael); and Rachel Mracna (Debbie). Rounding out the ensemble are Maximilien A. Baud, Craig Bennett, Kirrilee Berger, Michael Biren, Damien Brett, Samantha Cutler, Jason DePinto, Jennifer Evans, J. Austin Eyer, Andrew Fitch, Kurt Froman, Mary Giattino, Cassidy Hagel, Regan Haley, David Hibbard, Karen Hyland, Aaron Kaburick, Nicholas Lampiasi, Rebecca Marlowe, Katie Micha, Alec Osher, Vanessa Russo, Nathan Scherich, Nicholas Sipes, Dorothy Stanley, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Beatrice Tulchin, Genai Veal, Olivia Wang, Beverly Ward, Patrick Wetzel, Branch Woodman, Katrina Yaukey and Danielle Znutas.

Billy Elliot the Musical, winner of ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, is "the joyous and exciting celebration of one boy's triumph against the odds," according to press notes. "The story follows Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class and discovers his dream to dance."

Based on the film of the same name, the musical features a score by Elton John, book by Lee Hall, direction by Stephen Daldry and choreography by Peter Darling. The production also 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.



Faith Prince, who was most recently on Broadway as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, won a Tony Award for her performance as Adelaide in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls and starred Off-Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of A Man of No Importance. Her numerous Broadway credits include A Catered Affair, Noises Off, Bells Are Ringing, James Joyce's The Dead, Little Me, The King and I, What's Wrong with This Picture?, Nick & Nora and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Her solo recording, "Leap of Faith," was recorded live at Joe's Pub and is available from DRG Records.

The tour opens in Durham followed by stops in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Tampa, Houston, Seattle, Portland, Tempe, Denver, Dallas and St. Louis. For complete tour route, tickets and further information, visit www.BillyElliotTour.com.