Billy Elliot to Launch National Tour in Spring 2010 in Chicago

News   Billy Elliot to Launch National Tour in Spring 2010 in Chicago
The 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Billy Elliot — based on the film of the same name — will launch a U.S. national tour in Chicago in spring 2010 before embarking on a multi-city tour.

Performances will begin March 2010 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre.

Additional cities, dates and casting will be announced at a later date.

"On behalf of my fellow producers and the entire production team, I am delighted to confirm that the national tour for Billy Elliot the Musical will begin in Chicago in the spring of 2010. The three and a half year run of Wicked paved the way for us to consider Chicago for an extended production. We could not have asked for a warmer or more welcoming reception than that which we've received on Broadway, however in our short time in Chicago we feel we've found Billy Elliot a perfect new home," said Eric Fellner, a producer of the show, in a statement.

Composer Elton John added, "Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities to play. And it is my distinct pleasure to share this show that I love so much with a city that has always been very kind to me."

The musical earned ten 2009 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. Billy Elliot has music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. The production opened on Nov. 13, 2008, at Broadway's Imperial Theatre. Tickets are currently on sale to groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. The Broadway In Chicago 2010 spring/summer Subscription Series will go on sale in September 2009. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public in November 2009, and range in price from $28-$100. For more information visit   

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