Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call

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BILLY ELLIOT played its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 8, 2012 after three wonderful years. The show's final performance was unique in that the current cast of Billys (and Michaels) alternated scenes in the show. The audience was filled with fans, family members, alumni of the cast and other special guests and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the final emotional curtain call. Stay tuned for additional coverage later today. 

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."

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
The Marquee

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Cast Board

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
The Company

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Thommie Retter

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
William Youmans

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Daniel Jenkins, Joseph Harrington & Patrick Mulvey

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Daniel Jenkins, Joseph Harrington & Patrick Mulvey

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Katherine McGrath

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Julian Elia & Laura Marie Duncan

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Stephen Hanna

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
The ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Lilla Crawford & ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Emily Skinner

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
The ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
The Company

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Julian Elia & Emily Skinner with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Julian Elia & Emily Skinner with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Emily Skinner with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Julian Elia and Emily Skinner with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Emily Skinner with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Julian Elia with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Julian Elia with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Current Billy's in red:  Peter MazurowskiJoseph Harrington, Julian Elia and Tade Biesinger

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Current Billy's in red:  Peter MazurowskiJoseph Harrington, Julian Elia and Tade Biesinger

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Current Billy's in red:  Peter MazurowskiJoseph Harrington, Julian Elia and Tade Biesinger with past Billys

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Current Billy's in red:  Peter MazurowskiJoseph Harrington, Julian Elia and Tade Biesinger with past Billys

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Current Billy's in red: Peter Mazurowski, Joseph Harrington, Julian Elia and Tade Biesinger with past Billys

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Original Cast Members (L-R) Kiril Kulish, David Alvarez and Trent Kowalik

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Original Cast Members (L-R) Kiril Kulish, David Alvarez and Trent Kowalik with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call
Original Cast Members (L-R) Kiril Kulish, David Alvarez and Trent Kowalik with the ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: BILLY ELLIOT's Final Broadway Curtain Call

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.