Lee Hall News

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...)

Original 'Billy' Liam Mower to Return for BILLY ELLIOT LIVE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

According to the Daily Mail, the original Billy Elliot -- Liam Mower -- is returning to the musical for one night only as part of its BILLY ELLIOT LIVE special performance on September 28. The event will be broadcast in UK cinemas, live from the Victoria Palace Theatre. Mower, now 22, will play the grown-up Billy in the musical's fantasy sequence featuring young Billy dancing with his older self. (more...)

Review Roundup: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE in the West End
by Review Roundups - Jul 23, 2014

Shakespeare in Love is celebrating its world premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre tonight, 23 July 2014, bringing together one of the largest companies ever assembled -- 28 actors and musicians, plus two dogs -- for a play in the West End. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Premieres Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Shakespeare in Love has its world premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre tonight, 23 July 2014, bringing together one of the largest companies ever assembled for a play in the West End. The 28-strong cast includes a number of young actors and actor-musicians who will be making their professional debuts. (more...)

Tom Stoppard and Lee Hall Talk SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE's Journey from Screen to Stage
by Jillian Gaier - Jul 21, 2014

Shakespeare in Love, starring Tome Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen, is currently in preview performances at the Noel Coward Theater in London and officially opens on Wednesday, July 23rd. But its journey to West End was not as easy as one would think. A few years ago, Academy-Award winning scriptwriter of Shakespeare in Love Tom Stoppard agreed to write a stage adaptation of his honored and beloved 1998 Oscar-winning film. In a recent interview with the New York Times, he revealed that he quickly realized that the task was much too difficult; he feared that the play would be a disappointing version of a project that he (and audiences worldwide) treasure so deeply. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of West End's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 18, 2014

Produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions and based on the Academy Award®-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Featuring a company of 28 actors and musicians, one of the largest companies ever assembled for a play in the West End, and a dog, this new play will be directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl. The new play, which opens on July 23, is currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of the cast in action below! (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...)

UCI Kinos zeigen BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL live aus dem Londoner West End
by Marcel Konrath - Jul 14, 2014


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 REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Jan Nargi - Jul 09, 2014

Electricity courses through Ogunquit Playhouse's stunning production of BILLY ELLIOT, continuing through July 26 at 'America's foremost summer theatre.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the World Premiere of West End's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

Shakespeare in Love has its world premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre on Wednesday 23 July 2014, with previews from 2 July, bringing together one of the largest companies ever assembled for a play in the West End. The 28-strong cast includes a number of young actors and actor-musicians who will be making their professional debuts. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre Will Present the International Smash Hit Musical BILLY ELLIOT in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the regional premiere of the international smash hit musical BILLY ELLIOT, previewing April 9, opening April 16 at 8 p.m. and running through June 7, 2015. Multi-Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell (Les Miserables, Ragtime, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, and Oliver! at Drury Lane Theatre) will Direct, with Musical Direction by Jeff Award-winner Roberta Duchak (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon, Singin' in the Rain and Ragtime at Drury Lane Theatre, and vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman for the Academy Award-winning film Les Miserables). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ogunquit Playhouse Mounts Regional Premiere of BILLY ELLIOT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 29, 2014

Assembling a stellar cast and creative team, the Ogunquit Playhouse has mounted a powerful production of the Elton John-Lee Hall 2005 musical, Billy Elliot. Based on the 2000 film, both directed by Stephen Daldry with original choreography by Peter Darling, Billy Elliot movingly tells the story of a Yorkshire working class boy who discovers his unlikely passion and talent for ballet and who must win his coal miner father's acceptance for his chosen vocation. Set against the background of the bitter 1984 mining strike which pitted the workers' life and death struggle against Margaret Thatcher's push to close the mines, Billy's discovery of his artistic gift becomes his ticket not only to self-fulfillment, but also to escape from his family's bleak existence. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The MUNY Opens with a Dazzling Production of BILLY ELLIOT
by Chris Gibson - Jun 19, 2014

Another St. Louis tradition continues this summer with the start of the MUNY's 96th season. The opening show is BILLY ELLIOT the Musical, and there are some absolutely electric moments to be found here. Adapted from the excellent film of the same name, the story follows a young boy who would rather dance in the ballet than take boxing lessons, drawing the ire of a strict father who's coping with the loss of his wife, and the possible loss of his livelihood due to the current politics of the time. The story is set in the early 1980's during the time that union-busting Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in power, and personally orchestrating the swift decline of a once thriving British coal industry. Despite this rather dire backdrop, this is an inspirational show that's well worth seeing under the stars in Forest Park. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tade Biesinger and More in BILLY ELLIOT at The Muny!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

The Muny is currently presenting the first show of its spectacular 96th season, Billy Elliot the Musical, directed by Steven Minning, choreographed by Alison Levenberg, with music direction by Colin Welford. Starring as Billy Elliot, and making his Muny debut, is 11 year-old Tade Biesinger. Co-starring are Emily Skinner as Mrs. Wilkinson, Daniel Oreskes as Dad, and Patti Perkins as Grandma. Joining them are Ben Nordstrom as Tony, Steve Isom as George,Michael Harp as Michael, and Maria Knasel as Debbie. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Muny Opens 96th Season with BILLY ELLIOT- Watch Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Jun 17, 2014

The Muny is currently presenting the first show of its spectacular 96th season, Billy Elliot the Musical, directed by Steven Minning, choreographed by Alison Levenberg, with music direction by Colin Welford. Starring as Billy Elliot, and making his Muny debut, is 11 year-old Tade Biesinger. Co-starring are Emily Skinner as Mrs. Wilkinson, Daniel Oreskes as Dad, and Patti Perkins as Grandma. Joining them are Ben Nordstrom as Tony, Steve Isom as George, Michael Harp as Michael, and Maria Knasel as Debbie. Check out highlights from the production below! (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...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Gala Performance Benefits Two Charities, July 24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The Walt Disney Company and Sonia Friedman Productions have today announced that a Gala Performance of the stage production of Shakespeare in Love will be held at the Noel Coward Theatre in aid of The Rose Theatre Trust and Chickenshed Theatre. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #7 - BILLY ELLIOT Vs. NEXT TO NORMAL
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 02, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the most recent big battles for Best Musical with BILLY ELLIOT versus NEXT TO NORMAL. (more...)

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