Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Billy Elliot closes after 3 years on Broadway

Broadway World reports: The 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Billy Elliot, will closed its doors on Sunday after playing 40 preview and 1,304 regular performances on Broadway.

The production recouped its $18 million investment in only 14 months over 492 performances and on Broadway, the show has been seen by 1,659,867 theatergoers to date. Featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreographed by Peter Darling and directed by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot began previews Wednesday, October 1 and opened to critical acclaim on November 13, 2008.

Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.

"I've said it before and it remains true today, 'Billy Elliot' has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life - seeing this show produced on Broadway is a dream fulfilled," composer Elton John said in October. "I'm so proud of the brilliant young performers who have mastered the role of Billy on Broadway - their commitment and sheer talent has been the backbone of this production."

You can take a look back at the production throughout its run here.

--> On a personal note, I had the great pleasure of seeing Billy Elliot myself the summer before last. They were cheap, nose-bleed seats (I recall being able to touch the roof from where we were sitting) but it was a spectacular show. I laughed and cried, and remember thinking this was perhaps the most rewarding theater experience I'd ever had. This show will be thoroughly missed.

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