PHOTO CALL: Billy Elliot, with Emily Skinner, in Chicago

News   PHOTO CALL: Billy Elliot, with Emily Skinner, in Chicago offered a brief glimpse at the first national touring company of Billy Elliot when it launched in Chicago this past March. Here is an extensive look at the production, which moves on to Toronto in January.

Performances began March 18 at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

The title role in the Tony Award-winning musical is shared by Tommy Batchelor, Giuseppe Bausilio, Cesar Corrales and J.P. Viernes.

Also featured in the cast are Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Mrs. Wilkinson, Armand Schultz as Dad, Cynthia Darlow as Grandma, Patrick Mulvey as Tony, Keean Johnson as Michael, Susie McMonagle as Mum, Blake Hammond as Mr. Braithwaite and Samuel Pergande as Older Billy.

Here is a look at the cast:

The production concludes the extended Chicago leg of the tour Jan. 15, 2011, moving on to Toronto and San Francisco next.

Billy Elliot will launch a multi-year second national tour in Durham, NC, at the Triangle's DPAC Oct. 30-Nov. 14, 2010. The tour will continue to Cleveland, OH, from Nov. 19 – Dec. 12, 2010; Minneapolis, MN, from Dec. 16 – Jan. 9, 2011; Charlotte, NC, from Jan. 12 – 30, 2011; Tampa, FL, from Feb. 2 – 20, 2011; Houston, TX, from Feb. 23 – March 13, 2011; Seattle, WA, from March 17 – April 3, 2011; Portland, OR, from April 5 – 24, 2011; Tempe, AZ, from April 27 – May 8, 2011; Denver, CO, from May 11 -June 5, 2011; Dallas, TX, from June 8 – July 3, 2011; and St. Louis, MO, from Aug. 8 – 28, 2011, with more cities to be announced.

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