'Billy Elliot' is coming back!
Young male dancers had better start practising - a new production of Billy Elliot has been announced for Australia!
Billy Elliot the Musical will hold its 10th Anniversary Tour in 2019. The hugely successful West End musical premiered in Australia in 2007 as the first international production outside of the UK - before its Broadway premiere. With the first Australian tour concluding in Melbourne in 2009, this new 10th Anniversary tour will begin 10 years after the curtain came down in Australia.
Billy enjoyed huge critical acclaim in Sydney and Melbourne, but the producers say that the set design was so complex at that time that touring beyond those two cities was not possible.This time round and with some adjustments to the set, the show will tour to other capital cities.
Billy Elliot the Musical will open at Sydney Lyric Theatre in October 2019, followed by planned seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from September 2020.
Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by almost 12 million people worldwide. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, it is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards, five Olivier Awards and eight Helpmann Awards.
Elton John had a close affinity with the original Australian production, attending the premiere in Sydney in 2007 and visiting again during his concert tour of Australia in 2008.
“Billy Elliot for me is one of the most rewarding and creative works of my career," John says. "I have very fond memories of the Sydney production in 2007 as it was the first city outside of the UK we mounted the show and found many incredibly talented children who would go on to carry the show through its successful Australian run. It is truly the most heart-warming show and I am so grateful that new generations of Australians will continue to experience its joy and inspiration.”
The musical is being presented by Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel Entertainment and Louise Withers Presents.