Chicago Production of Billy Elliot to Close in November; Toronto Is Next Stop

News   Chicago Production of Billy Elliot to Close in November; Toronto Is Next Stop
The Chicago production of Billy Elliot the Musical, which is the first national touring company of the Tony-winning musical, will play its final performance at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, Nov. 28.

When it closes at the Illinois venue, the musical will have played 37 weeks and 288 performances.

Eric Fellner, a producer of the show, said in a statement, "On behalf of my fellow producers and the entire production team, I am grateful to the wonderful city for welcoming our show. We appreciate the opportunity to have shared Billy Elliot with the seasoned theatergoers of Chicago."

The first national tour of Billy Elliot will next be presented in Toronto, beginning Jan. 29, 2011, followed by the San Francisco engagement, which begins Sept. 13, 2011.

Billy Elliot, according to press notes, is the "funny, heartwarming tale of a young boy with a dream, and a celebration of his triumph against the odds. Set against the historic British miners’ strike of the 1980s, the story follows Billy’s journey as a boy in a small mining town who, after stumbling across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, realizes that his future lay not in the boxing ring but on stage as a dancer."

Featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot continues to play Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

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