Whitchurch is New Father to Billy Elliot; Jbara Takes Break

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Philip Whitchurch will step in as father for Broadway's Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical when Tony Award winner Gregory Jbara takes a leave of absence from the show.

Philip Whitchurch
Philip Whitchurch

Whitchurch, who has played the role of Dad in the London production of the musical, will make his Broadway debut starting Jan. 29. He will continue in the role through May 2. Jbara, who earned his Tony for originating the role on Broadway, is scheduled to return May 4.

Other credits for Whitchurch include A View From a Bridge, Summerfolk & Women of Troy, Tis Pity She's a Whore, Inspector Calls, The Changing Room, Keeping Body and Soul Together and Othello.

The current cast of Billy Elliot currently stars Mike Dameski, Alex Ko, Trent Kowalik, Liam Redhead and Dayton Tavares (as Billy), Kate Henning (Mrs. Wilkinson), Carole Shelley (Grandma), Will Chase (Tony) and Trevor Braun and Jake Evans Schwencke (Michael).

"Set in a small town," according to show notes, Billy Elliot the Musical "follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a passion that takes him by surprise, and takes his whole family on an incredibly uplifting adventure."


Gregory Jbara with Trent Kowalik in Billy Elliot
photo by Carol Rosegg

The work features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. Billy Elliot opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre Nov. 13, 2008, and was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

The musical, produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish, recently recouped its $18 million investment.

The design team include Ian MacNeil (scenic), Nicky Gillibrand (costume), Rick Fisher (lighting) and Paul Arditti (sound). Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

Tickets for Billy Elliot the Musical at the Imperial Theatre, 240 West 45th St., are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or clicking below.

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