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Todd Bell Join Cast of West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

This week 11 year old Todd Bell from Whitehaven, Cumbria, joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre to play Billy Elliot's best friend Michael, alternating the role with current Michaels Zach Atkinson (12 years old from Manchester) and Tomi Fry (11 years old from Swindon). Todd Bell will join the adult cast led by Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) alongside current Billy Elliots Elliott Hanna (11 years old from Liverpool), Ollie Jochim (12 years old from Chelmsford, Essex Bradley Perret (12 years old from Juan les Pins, France) and Matteo Zecca (12 years old from Buckinghamshire) who alternate the title role. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL Live Filming Set For Blu-ray Release, 11/27
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 08, 2014

Tony Award-winning Best Musical BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL is set to be released on Blu-ray following the upcoming live worldwide presentation of the final performances in movie theaters at the end of this month. (more...)

Twenty-Seven Billy Elliots to Take the Stage in BILLY ELLIOT MUSICAL Live Special Mash-Up Finale on 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Twenty-seven former and current Billy Elliots will unite on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale onSunday 28 September when Billy Elliot the Musical is broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the world. All three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - will take part in the spectacular finale. In addition, as previously announced, Liam Mower will play the role of Older Billy at this performance. (more...)

Liam Mower to Make Special Appearance in BILLY ELLIOT for Live Stream Broadcast, Sept. 28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

On Sunday 28 September, Liam Mower will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical for a special performance to be broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Mower, who will play the role of Older Billy, originated the role of Billy Elliot in 2005 along with George Maguire and James Lomas, and was the first boy ever to play the role on stage. (more...)

BWW TV: Meet the West End's New 'Billy' - Ollie Jochim!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 14, 2014

Today, 14 July 2014, 12-year-old Ollie Jochim from Chelmsford, Essex gives his first performance in the title role of the internationally award winning Billy Elliot the Musical. Ollie joins a cast lead by Ruthie Henshall who plays Mrs Wilkinson, Billy's dance teacher, and becomes the thirty-eighth boy to perform the iconic role at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the seventy-fifth boy to perform the role world-wide. Scroll down for an interview with the new star! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ollie Jochim as 'Billy' in West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Today, 14 July 2014, twelve year old Ollie Jochim from Chelmsford, Essex gives his first performance in the title role of the internationally award winning Billy Elliot the Musical. Ollie joins a cast lead by Ruthie Henshall who plays Mrs Wilkinson, Billy's dance teacher, and becomes the thirty-eighth boy to perform the iconic role at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the seventy-fifth boy to perform the role world-wide. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at New Trailer for BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 13, 2014

On Sunday 28 September 2014, Billy Elliot the Musical is set to bring cinema goers to their feet when the global stage phenomenon is broadcast live from the West End to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Check out a first look at the trailer below! (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL to Be Broadcast Live in Cinemas Worldwide This September
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

On Sunday 28 September 2014, Billy Elliot the Musical is set to bring cinema goers to their feet when the global stage phenomenon is broadcast live from the West End to cinemas across the UK and around the world. (more...)

Ruthie Henshall To Join Cast Of BILLY ELLIOT!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Olivier award-winning actor Ruthie Henshall is to join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical to play Billy's dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson. Henshall's first performance will be 12 May 2014, nine years to the day sinceBilly Elliot the Musical officially opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre. The internationally celebrated show which has now been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide is currently booking to 16 May 2015and features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Stephen Daldry directs with choreography by Peter Darling. (more...)

UK-Wide Auditions For BILLY ELLIOT in 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

Beginning January 2014, auditions for the children's cast of Billy Elliot the Musical will take place countrywide to find young boys and girls to join the internationally acclaimed show which is now in its ninth year at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the West End. 2014 auditions take place on 11 January in Leeds, 1 February in Newcastle, 15 March in London, 26 April in Bristol and 17 May in Manchester. (more...)

Mitchell Tobin Joins West End's BILLY ELLIOT as New 'Billy'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

Today, 9 December 2013, 13 year old Mitchell Tobin from Florida, USA, will become the thirty-sixth boy and the eighth American to play Billy Elliot in the West End, having previously played the title role in the North American touring production. Billy Elliot the Musical is now in its ninth year at the Victoria Palace Theatre where it is currently booking to May 2015. Having now been seen by nearly 9.5 million people worldwide, Billy Elliot the Musical has been the recipient of over 80 major international awards. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes New Billy From Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

Today, 9 December 2013, 13 year old Mitchell Tobin from Florida, USA, will become the thirty-sixth boy and the eighth American to play Billy Elliot in the West End, having previously played the title role in the North American touring production. Billy Elliot the Musical is now in its ninth year at the Victoria Palace Theatre where it is currently booking to May 2015. Having now been seen by nearly 9.5 million people worldwide,Billy Elliot the Musical has been the recipient of over 80 major international awards. (more...)

Croydon Dance Student Wins Walk On Part in BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

On Friday 22 November 2013, 18 year performing arts student Rebecca White from Croydon will join the cast of Elton John and Lee Hall's Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the West End. By answering what does it feel like when you are dancing?, the question asked of Billy Elliot in his audition for the Royal Ballet School, Rebecca was chosen from over 1600 competition entries to perform as part of the internationally award-winning show. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bradley Perret and Freddie Butterfield as the New Billy and Michael in BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2013

Today, 13 November 2013, 11 year old Bradley Perret from Juan les Pins, France will become the thirty-fifth boy to play Billy Elliot in the West End and the first French-born boy to play the title role. Also joining the cast today will be 11 year old, Freddie Butterfield from West Yorkshire, as Billy's best friend Michael. Check out the photos below! (more...)

West End's BILLY ELLIOT Welcomes 30 New Ballet Girls to Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

This week thirty young dancers will take to the stage at the Victoria Palace Theatre as Ballet Girls in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Earlier this month the show announced the release of over new 570,000 tickets taking booking to 16 May 2015 during which time the internationally award-winning production will celebrate 10 years in the West End. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Celebrates 10 Years in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Sep 06, 2013

Over 570,000 tickets are released for sale today, 6 September 2013, taking booking for Billy Elliot the Musical to16 May 2015 during which time the internationally award-winning show will celebrate 10 years in the West End. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Elliott Hanna and Demi Lee Join West End's BILLY ELLIOT as Billy and Debbie
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2013

Today, 17 July 2013, 10 year old Elliott Hanna from Liverpool, will become the thirty-fourth and youngest boy ever to play Billy Elliot in the West End. Also joining the cast will be 10 year old Demi Lee from Middlesborough, as Billy's dance teacher's daughter Debbie. Now in its ninth year at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Billy Elliot the Musical was recently awarded its fifth Olivier Award - the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award voted for by the theatregoing public. Earlier this year Billy Elliot the Musical welcomed its 4 millionth patron to the Victoria Palace Theatre where the show has now extended booking to 21 June 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tade Biesinger, Harrison Dowzell, Redmand Rance & More in BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2013

Billy Elliot the Musical is now booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 21 June 2014. Now in its ninth year, Billy Elliot the Musical was recently awarded its fifth Laurence Olivier Award - the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award voted for by the theatregoing public and has been seen by over 4 million people in the West End. Check out photos of the new cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Ali Rasul Becomes 33rd Boy to Play BILLY ELLIOT in West End
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2013

Today, 13 May 2013, 12 year old Ali Rasul from Hartlepool, will become the thirty-third boy to play Billy Elliot in the West End. Now in its ninth year at the Victoria Palace Theatre where the show is currently booking to 21 December 2013, Billy Elliot the Musical last month was awarded its fifth Laurence Olivier Award - the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award voted for by the theatregoing public. Also in April, Billy Elliot the Musical welcomed its 4 millionth patron to the Victoria Palace Theatre. Scroll down for photos of Rasul in action! (more...)

Drama Critics' Circle Names MATILDA Best Musical; VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Best Play
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2013

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, written by Christopher Durang, today won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award (NYDCC) for Best Play of the 2012-2013 season. Matilda received the award for Best Musical. The selections were made at the 78th annual voting meeting of the organization today at the offices of Time Out New York in Manhattan. (more...)

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