Ever wonder about the daily routine of a Broadway actor? Young leading man Dayton Tavares, who starred in the Sydney and Melbourne productions of Billy Elliot before joining the Broadway cast in December, offers Playbill.com readers an exclusive look at a recent Sunday, serving as "Billy standby" at the matinee and performing the role at night.
We get an in-depth look at the performance day of an actor playing a role so rigorous that the eight-show week is split among three, sometimes four, different performers. Though there is no such thing a two-show day for a child actor playing Billy, Tavares was in attendance at the matinee performance as an "on call" standby should he be needed, prior to going on in the title role that evening.
Armed with a digital camera on a particularly busy October Sunday, he snapped everything from morning routine to pre-performance rituals to between-show activities to the final curtain call.
Australian native Dayton Tavares is making his Broadway debut after having played the role of "Billy" in the Australia productions of the show. He has won the Australian Dancer of the Year in 2007 and Mr. Junior Las Vegas in the World Dance Championship. Tavares has performed at the Urban Music Awards, Industry Awards and the Sydney Opera House.
Billy Elliot earned ten 2009 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The show 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.