Tony Winner Gregory Jbara Extends Billy Elliot Contract

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12 Oct 2010

<I>Billy Elliot</I> star Gregory Jbara
Billy Elliot star Gregory Jbara
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Gregory Jbara, who won a Tony Award for his performance as Dad in Broadway's Billy Elliot, has extended his contract in that Tony-winning musical at the Imperial Theatre through June 2011.

According to the actor's official website, he is scheduled for a few vacations in order to spend time with his family in Los Angeles. He will be out of the show the following dates: Oct. 12-17 (filming "Everybody Loves Whales" in Anchorage); Nov. 25-Dec. 1; Jan. 11-16, 2011; Feb. 15-21, 2011; March 15-20, 2011; and April 25-May 1, 2011.

Jbara originated roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Drama Desk nomination), Victor/Victoria, Damn Yankees and was Chicago's second Billy Flynn. Visit www.GregoryJbara.com.

"When I got the job [as Dad]," Jbara said at the 2009 Tony nominees press reception, "I was so excited to have the opportunity to play that role, but I was also intimidated thinking if I was able to do that eight times a week. Thanks to our amazing directors, who are also amazing teachers, I honestly believe I'm a better actor having worked on this job. So that is wonderful, because I actually have more confidence as an actor."

"I'm amazed how often I can be surprised onstage," Jbara added. "When I really surrender to the reality that we've created, I get shaken a lot. I'm amazed at how often I'm moved just being able to be up there and work with those Billys . . . I just didn't know that you could keep things free and loose and that they could be different every night and still be surprising and absolutely justifiable and full."



Billy Elliot, the tale of a working class community and a boy who wanted to be a ballet dancer, features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreographed by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Broadway performances continue at the Imperial Theatre on West 45th Street. 

For more information about Billy Elliot on Broadway, visit www.BillyElliotBroadway.com.