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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 hitBilly Elliot the Musicalcelebrates ten years in the West End.The musicalreceived 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 10thbirthday celebrations,Billy Elliot the Musicaltoday announces an extension to the West End run, releasing over 600,000 tickets for sale, taking booking through to17 December 2016. In addition, the first UK and Ireland tour ofBilly Elliot the Musicalis 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...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet 10-Year-Old Thomas Hazelby, UK's Newest 'Billy Elliot'STAGE TUBE: Meet 10-Year-Old Thomas Hazelby, UK's Newest 'Billy Elliot'
by Stage Tube - 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. Check out the video below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Chef Wayne Elias Dishes It Up for the Stars at Elton John AIDS Foundation's 2015 OSCARS PartyPhoto Flash: Chef Wayne Elias Dishes It Up for the Stars at Elton John AIDS Foundation's 2015 OSCARS Party
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

For the eleventh year in a row, Chef Wayne Elias and his business partner Chris Diamond of Crumble Catering dished it up for a cavalcade of stars at the 23nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park. This marked the third year Chef Wayne and his Crumble Catering team collaborated with Chef Gordon Ramsay to create the perfect dining experience for Hollywood's biggest night. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Rebecca Wang Supports the 23rd Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy...Rebecca Wang Supports the 23rd Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy...
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

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23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Hosted By Sir Elton John And David Furnish Raised Just Over $5.8 Million For The Fight Against HIV/AID23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Hosted By Sir Elton John And David Furnish Raised Just Over $5.8 Million For The Fight Against HIV/AID
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

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HBO Greenlights Musical Period Drama VIRUOSO from Elton JohnHBO Greenlights Musical Period Drama VIRUOSO from Elton John
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

HBO has ordered a pilot for a new period drama about musical prodigies titled VIRTUOSO. The project is from 'True Blood' creator Alan Ball, along with Elton John and David Furnish. (more...)

Elton John AIDS Foundation to Present 23rd Annual ACADEMY AWARD Viewing PartyElton John AIDS Foundation to Present 23rd Annual ACADEMY AWARD Viewing Party
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. (more...)

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces New Grant-Making Partnership with the Support of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation!The Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces New Grant-Making Partnership with the Support of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced a new grant-making partnership supported in part by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). The two foundations have awarded a combined $315,000 in grants to six organizations addressing the AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States. (more...)

Gillian Elisa to Succeed Ann Emery in West End's BILLY ELLIOTGillian Elisa to Succeed Ann Emery in West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Gillian Elisa has been confirmed to play Grandma in the internationally award-winning West End hit Billy Elliot the Musical, having previously alternated in the role. Gillian takes over from Ann Emery who originated the character in 2005 and who recently retired from the role at the age of 84, having worked with all 39 London Billy Elliots. (more...)

Photo Flash: Additional Photos from Elton John Wedding Revealed!Photo Flash: Additional Photos from Elton John Wedding Revealed!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

As BWW reported yesterday, music icon Elton John and his partner of 21 years, film and stage producer David Furnish officially wed on Sunday, December 21st in a private ceremony in London. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/22/14 - New Stars for ALADDIN and CABARET, Liz Callaway Ushers in the Holidays and More!WAKE UP with BWW 12/22/14 - New Stars for ALADDIN and CABARET, Liz Callaway Ushers in the Holidays and More!
by Jessica Showers - Dec 22, 2014

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: New players join ALADDIN and CABARET on Broadway, Liz Callaway brings the holidays to 54 Below and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Elton John & David Furnish Share Wedding Photos!Photo Flash: Elton John & David Furnish Share Wedding Photos!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

Music icon Elton John and his partner of 21 years, film and stage producer David Furnish officially wed on Sunday, December 21st in a private ceremony in London. (more...)

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