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Photos: BILLY ELLIOT Opening Night Arrivals

Billy Elliot officially opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre last night, Thursday, November 13th. With music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, this joyful musical lit up Broadway as the starry audience made their into the theatre to enjoy the opening night performance!

Directed by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot has played over 1,300 performances and recently celebrated its 3rd anniversary in London. Billy Elliot the Musical opened at London's Victoria Palace in May 2005 to unanimous critical acclaim. The production went on to sweep London's nine awards for Best Musical, including the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. In London, Billy Elliot has now been seen by over 1.5 million people and has grossed over £65 million. The musical opened to equal acclaim at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia in December 2007. The two current productions have played to over 2.3 million people.

The production features choreography by Peter Darling, scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

Billy Elliot the Musical is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are Executive Producers.

Billy Elliot is playing at the Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036. The running time is 2 hours 45 mins, with one intermission. Shows times are Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 3pm. Beginning November 17: Tuesday at 7pm. Prices are $41.50 - $136.50. This show's schedule varies throughout 2008. For tickets and updated week-by-week schedule, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

For more information visit BillyElliotBroadway.com.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photos: BILLY ELLIOT Opening Night Arrivals

Photos: BILLY ELLIOT Opening Night Arrivals
Elton John and David Furnish

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Elton John and David Furnish

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Stephen Daldry

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Stephen Daldry and Elton John

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Stephen Daldry and Elton John

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Elton John

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David Furnish

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Elton John

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Elton John and David Furnish

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Peter Darling

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Christiane Amanpour

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David Furnish and Elton John

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Bryan Batt

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Bryan Batt

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Bryan Batt

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Bryan Batt

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Tina Brown

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor

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Mario Cantone

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Mario Cantone

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Mario Cantone

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Deborah Cox

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Deborah Cox

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Anthony Edwards and wife Jeanine Lobell

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Anthony Edwards and wife Jeanine Lobell

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Anthony Edwards

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Brian Grazer

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Brian Grazer and Guest

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Joel Grey

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Ron Howard

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Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard

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Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard

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Billie Jean King

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Billie Jean King

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James Lipton

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Parker O'Donnell and Rosie O'Donnell

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Parker O'Donnell and Rosie O'Donnell

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Parker O'Donnell and Rosie O'Donnell

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Natasha Richardson

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Natasha Richardson

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Natasha Richardson and sons

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Stephen Schwartz

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Kevin Spacey

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Kevin Spacey

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John Stamos

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John Stamos

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John Stamos

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Ben Stiller

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Christine Taylor and husband Ben Stiller

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Anna Wintour

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Anna Wintour

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Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters

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Rachel Weisz and Elton John

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Rachel Weisz

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Rachel Weisz

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Rachel Weisz

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