Broadway's Tony-Winning Billy Elliot Recoups

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Producers of the ten-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Billy Elliot have announced that the Elton John-Lee Hall musical has recouped its $18 million investment.
Billy Elliot Tony nominees Gregory Jbara and Trent Kowalik
Billy Elliot Tony nominees Gregory Jbara and Trent Kowalik Photo by Carol Rosegg

Based on the hit film, Billy Elliot opened on Broadway Nov. 13, 2008, at the Imperial Theatre. After garnering a host of critical praise, the box office grosses have been continually among the highest of any Broadway production over the past 14 months.

"It is very satisfying to have recouped on Billy Elliot so soon in the run," said lead Broadway producer Eric Fellner. "Despite its setting being in the North of England, Broadway audiences accept it on a universal level. It seems to be a story that anyone can identify with and be inspired by. This result, the ten Tony Awards and the warm critical acclaim are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the entire creative team."

The national tour of Billy Elliot is set to launch an extended run in Chicago beginning March 18 at the Oriental Theatre. A second national tour will begin in November. The musical debuted in London where it is currently in its fifth year, while an Australian production began in 2007. Additional international counterparts are expected in Korea (August 2010), Japan (summer 2011), as well as Germany and Holland.

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 Broadway cast features Alex Ko, Trent Kowalik, Liam Redhead and Dayton Tavares as Billy, Kate Hennig as Mrs. Wilkinson, Gregory Jbara as Dad, Carole Shelley as Grandma, Will Chase as Tony and Trevor Braun and Keean Johnson as Michael.

For tickets visit BillyElliotBroadway.

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