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New Billys Announced for BILLY ELLIOT UK/Ireland TourNew Billys Announced for BILLY ELLIOT UK/Ireland Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit†Billy Elliot the Musical†are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are†Adam Abbou†(12 years old from Liverpool),†Matthew Lyons†(11 years old from Leeds),†Haydn May†(11 years old from Bath) and†Lewis Smallman†(12 years old from West Bromwich). The boys were cast following nationwide auditions and after months of intensive rehearsals will alternate in the role when the show opens at the†Theatre Royal Plymouth†on†Wednesday 24 February 2016. (more...)

Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents Its 24th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party 'Wonderful Crazy Night' Sponsored By BVLGARI, M ' A ' C Cosmetics, And Neuro Drinks AElton John AIDS Foundation Presents Its 24th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party 'Wonderful Crazy Night' Sponsored By BVLGARI, M ' A ' C Cosmetics, And Neuro Drinks A
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

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Euan Garrett, Matthew Seadon-Young Join West End's BILLY ELLIOTEuan Garrett, Matthew Seadon-Young Join West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Billy Elliot the Musical†today (16 November 2015) welcomes†Euan Garrett, 12 years old from East Lothian, Scotland, who will make his West End stage debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre as the forty-second boy to play the title role in the iconic British musical in London.† Also joining the cast today is†Matthew Seadon-Young†who will play Billy's older brother Tony. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE Leaps onto THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES TonightBILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE Leaps onto THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES Tonight
by TV News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Elton John and Lee Hall's adaptation of the acclaimed 2000 film, written by Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including 10 TONY AWARDS Billy Elliot THE MUSICAL LIVE, the long-running hit both on Broadway and in London's West End (where it is still playing), comes to THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES tonight, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Coming to Edinburgh in 2016BILLY ELLIOT Coming to Edinburgh in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions are delighted to announce the first ever UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse from 20th September to 22nd October 2016. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Announces First Ever UK and Ireland Tour -  Opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Feb. 24BILLY ELLIOT Announces First Ever UK and Ireland Tour - Opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Feb. 24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

Universal Stage Productions,†Working Title Films†and†Old Vic Productions†are delighted to announce the complete list of dates for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of†Billy Elliot the Musical. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE to Leap onto THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES Next MonthBILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE to Leap onto THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES Next Month
by TV News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

Elton John and Lee Hall's adaptation of the acclaimed 2000 film, written by Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including 10 TONY AWARDS BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE, the long-running hit both on Broadway and in London's West End (where it is still playing), comes to THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES Friday, October 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (more...)

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Billy Elliot: The Musical LiveFrom Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Billy Elliot: The Musical Live
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2015

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BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes New Cast Members in Roles of Michael and DebbieBILLY ELLIOT Welcomes New Cast Members in Roles of Michael and Debbie
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2015

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West End's BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes New 'Billy'West End's BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes New 'Billy'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2015

Nat Sweeney, 12 years old from Birmingham, will make his West End stage debut this evening (3 July 2015) when he becomes the forty-first boy to play the title role in the iconic British musical Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Now in its eleventh year in the West End, the show recently extended booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 17 December 2016. In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical begins in February 2016 with tickets now on sale for performances at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. (more...)

Elton John Reflects on SCOTUS Ruling: 'Gay Marriage is One Fight in Long Struggle'Elton John Reflects on SCOTUS Ruling: 'Gay Marriage is One Fight in Long Struggle'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The 'Billy Elliot' composer, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, reflects on the Supreme Court decision last week to legalize same sex marriage. (more...)

Elton John's Life to Be Subject of New Musical ROCKETMAN Heading to Broadway?Elton John's Life to Be Subject of New Musical ROCKETMAN Heading to Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The life of legendary singer Elton John will be the subject of a new musical set to open on Broadway prior to a run in London's West End. (more...)

Ruthie Henshall & Deka Walmsley Continue In West End's BILLY ELLIOT; Cast Updates Announced!Ruthie Henshall & Deka Walmsley Continue In West End's BILLY ELLIOT; Cast Updates Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley today confirm they are to continue as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad respectively in the West End cast for Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre.† Also continuing in their role are Chris Grahamson as Tony, Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George and Claudia Bradley Dead Mum.† †Phil Snowdon, in his new role, will play Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher joins the cast as Older Billy.† Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, Richard Ashton, James Ballanger, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Rachel Bingham, Lucinda Collins, Peter Cork, Scott Cripps, Robbie Durham, Ross Finnie, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mike Scott, Sharon Sexton, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford, David Stoller and Kerry Washington. (more...)

Photo Flash: West End's BILLY ELLIOT Celebrates Tenth AnniversaryPhoto Flash: West End's BILLY ELLIOT Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

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West End's BILLY ELLIOT to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary Tonight, May 12West End's BILLY ELLIOT to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary Tonight, May 12
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Tonight,†12 May 2015, the multi award-winning smash hit†Billy Elliot the Musical†celebrates ten years in the West End.††The musical†received its world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre in March 2005 with the gala opening night taking place exactly 10 years ago today.†† To coincide with the 10th†birthday celebrations,†Billy Elliot the Musical†today announces an extension to the West End run, releasing over 600,000 tickets for sale, taking booking through to†17 December 2016.† In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour of†Billy Elliot the Musical†is also announced today, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February 2016.† Further tour dates and booking details will be announced shortly. (more...)

Elton John, David Furnish Attend OPERATION CHANGE Reception & ScreeningElton John, David Furnish Attend OPERATION CHANGE Reception & Screening
by TV News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Starkey Hearing Foundation hosted a special For Your Consideration EMMY reception and screening of OPERATION CHANGE Thursday, April 23rd at Zanuck Theatre at FOX Studios with special guest appearances by Sir Elton John, David Furnish (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 3/25/2015 - CLINTON THE MUSICAL Starts Its Campaign and More!WAKE UP with BWW 3/25/2015 - CLINTON THE MUSICAL Starts Its Campaign and More!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 25, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: CLINTON THE MUSICAL starts its campaign off-Broadway tonight and more! (more...)

Photo: Lady Gaga Gives Surprise Performance to Honor Elton John & David FurnishPhoto: Lady Gaga Gives Surprise Performance to Honor Elton John & David Furnish
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Lady Gaga paid tribute to honorees Elton John and David Furnish at a benefit on Sunday night for L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

Elton John Takes on Dolce & GabbanaElton John Takes on Dolce & Gabbana
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Sir Elton John took to Instgram in response to comments made by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in the Italian magazine Panorama on their views against in-vitro fertilization. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hazelby and More in West End's BILLY ELLIOTPhoto Flash: First Look at Thomas Hazelby and More in West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Thomas Hazelby, 10 years old from Doncaster, today (11 March 2015) joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical to play the title role. He becomes the fortieth boy to play the role in London, where in May the internationally award-winning musical celebrates its tenth anniversary. Also joining the cast today to play Billy's best friend Michael is 11 years old Nathan Jones from Prudhoe, Northumberland. Take a first look at the two (and more) in photos from the show below! (more...)

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