BILLY ELLIOT to Play Brazil in August
Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC announced today, in association with Time for Fun (T4F), that the North American Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical will travel to South America for a limited three-week engagement from Friday, August 2, to Sunday, August 18, at Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil. Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, direction by Stephen Daldry and choreography by Peter Darling Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim around the world and was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
"We continue to be amazed by the show's success in London's West End and the warm embrace it has received around the world. This is the first time Billy Elliot the Musical will visit South America, and we very much look forward to bringing it to the people of São Paulo, Brazil," says Producer Eric Fellner, Working Title Films Co-Chairman.
"It is a great pleasure for Time for Fun to bring to Brazilian audiences all of the excitement and undeniable talent of one of the most celebrated musicals worldwide. We are sure that all Brazilians will feel immediately connected to and deeply touched by this beautiful story of a boy pursuing his dream," says Stephanie Mayorkis, T4F's Director of Family Entertainment Division.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 14. Select presales begin Tuesday, May 7. The performance schedule for Billy Elliot the Musical in São Paulo is as follows: Monday DARK, Tuesday at 9PM, Wednesday at 9PM, Thursday at 9PM, Friday at 9PM, Saturday at 4PM and 9PM, Sunday at 3PM and 8PM. Additional ticketing, price and venue information is available at www.ticketsforfun.com.br.
Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small mining town in northeast England, 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.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times says that Billy Elliot "Sends audiences into a mass swoon!" Time Out says it's "The most electric and passionate show in years." The Daily News calls Billy "So exhilarating that you feel like leaping!" Liz Smith calls the show "Absolutely awesome," The New York Observer raves that Billy is "The best thing to happen to Broadway in a long while," and WOR's Dave Richardson cheers, "All I can say is WOW!
The production has been awarded 81 national and international awards including ten Tony Awards, Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle.
The show is produced by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, associate direction by Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch. The touring production features direction by Justin Martin and choreography by Kathryn Dunn.