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Billy Elliot Question

mrs felciano
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Billy Elliot Question#1
Posted: 6/15/09 at 10:17pm
Hi there--

For the record I did do a search, but I didn't quite find what I was looking for!

I was on the Billy Elliot website and saw that there were four Billys listed. Do all four get equal stage time? Or is the fourth Billy an understudy if one of the other three is unable to perform? If he does in fact get equal stage time, then why wasn't he part of the Tony nomination as well?

Also, I have tickets for a Sunday performance in July. I'd like to know which of the boys I am seeing. Is there a set schedule? Or does it change weekly.

Thanks to anyone who answers my questions. I apologize if either of them have been asked to death.
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re: Billy Elliot Question#2
Posted: 6/15/09 at 10:21pm
The fourth one did not open the show with the other Billy's. I couldn't tell you if they get equal stage time though. sorry
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re: Billy Elliot Question#2
Posted: 6/15/09 at 10:21pm
There is no set schedule, but when it gets closer, you can sort of have an idea who will be on. Nothing is definite though. All four boys are currently in rotation. Tommy( 4th Billy) was (and still is an u/s) at the time of opening, so he was not nominated.
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re: Billy Elliot Question#3
Posted: 6/15/09 at 11:21pm
They do technically get equal stage time, however some weeks it differs. This week David performed three times, however Trent only went on once.
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re: Billy Elliot Question#4
Posted: 6/15/09 at 11:33pm
Tommy's not an understudy anymore, he's officially in the rotation as Billy as of March. He was not nominated for the Tony because he did not open with the show, at that point he was still an understudy. But, they have even changed the poster out front to include him amongst Kowalik, Alvarez and Kulish so he is a "legitimate" Billy now. One of the ideas behind adding Tommy full time is so that each Billy can perform twice a week, but as DRSislove pointed out, it changes from week to week.

There's no set schedule, so there really is no way of telling who you will be seeing on that day. After a while a pattern sort of emerges and you can take a guess at which Billy is performing maybe a week before, but the pattern changes as well based on boys getting sick, needing a specific day off, etc.
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re: Billy Elliot Question#5
Posted: 6/15/09 at 11:50pm
As it was said in the official thread, Tommy is still technically an understudy b/c Equity requires it for that role, but he has been in the rotation since February.
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re: Billy Elliot Question#6
Posted: 6/15/09 at 11:58pm
This is true (though, I haven't read the hundreds of posts in said official thread, so) but for all intents and purposes of what the original poster is asking, he is a Billy. ("Or is the fourth Billy an understudy if one of the other three is unable to perform?") He's in the rotation, so he is performing because he is scheduled, not because the other Billy's cannot. It's a technicality that he's listed as an understudy. Like I said: for all intents and purposes.

It's those, I guess you can say: "in the know," who know that Tommy Batchelor is an understudy, but to the rest of the world he isn't:

http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/03-2009/tommy-batchelor-joins-billy-elliot-rotation_18243.html

(Though, of course, who knows how much of the TheatreMania readers are made up of the non BWW posters portion of Broadway audiences, but I digress).
Updated On: 6/16/09 at 11:58 PM
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re: Billy Elliot Question#7
Posted: 6/16/09 at 7:44am
Take if from me, it is really hard to count on a specific actor playing Billy, I went up this past weekend with pretty good info that a certain Billy would be on and it changed last minute. So you never know!
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re: Billy Elliot Question#8
Posted: 6/16/09 at 12:13pm
As far as I understand, Tommy is not an understudy anymore, or else he would billed as such in the playbill, as he used to be. However, there must be some technicality or specific wording in his contract that still allows him to play Tall Boy on occasion, despite having already been bumped up to the lead role. Don't know of any other show on Broadway where a lead character would be understudying an ensemble role. But then again, no other show has four kids rotating in the lead like this.... soo.... however they're managing it, it'd be really interesting to see how Tommys contract is worded.
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re: Billy Elliot Question#9
Posted: 6/16/09 at 12:14pm
^^^
This is stretching it a little but in WICKED LA Marcie Dodd was the principle Nessarose as well as an Elphaba understudy.
2008: Feb. 18- Rent, Feb. 19- Curtains, April 18- Xanadu, April 22- Wicked, April 26- Legally Blonde, May 31- Wicked, June 13- The Little Mermaid, June 28- Wicked and Young Frankenstein, July 2- The Little Mermaid, July 6- A Chorus Line and Legally Blonde, August 16- Xanadu, September 13- Legally Blonde and 13, September 28- Xanadu and Spring Awakening, Oct. 12-GYPSY and [title of show], Oct. 19- Hairspray & Legally Blonde, Nov. 9- Wicked and 13, Dec. 14-13, Dec. 26- Billy Elliot, 2009: Jan 1- Shrek, Jan 2- 13 and Wicked, Jan 4- 13, Feb 17- In The Heights, Feb 19- Billy Elliot, Feb 22- Sweeney Todd (tour), March 28- Mary Poppins, April 4- Mamma Mia!, April 15- Jersey Boys (on tour), April 25- next to normal & 9 to 5 May 1- Billy Elliot, May 3- Spelling Bee (tour), May 8- Chicago, May 21- Wicked, June 6- Everyday Rapture, June 23- The Wiz, June 25- Hair July 15- Shrek, August 9- Wicked, September 7- Rock of Ages, October 11- Next To Normal, October 23- The Marvelous Wonderettes, November 7- Ragtime November 29- Dreamgirls, December 25- Billy Elliot, December 30- Finian's Rainbow, 2010: January 9- Bye Bye Birdie, January 16- Memphis February 17- The Phantom of The Opera, February 18- God of Carnage, March 7- Billy Elliot, March 31- American Idiot
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re: Billy Elliot Question#10
Posted: 6/16/09 at 12:25pm
then she eventually became standby only
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re: Billy Elliot Question#11
Posted: 6/16/09 at 12:37pm
Yes, once Teal became principle Marcie got bumped to stand-by, but there were a few months where Marcie was both playing one role and covering another.

What's make it different than Billy though is: If Tommy is on for Tall Boy there is just another Billy. If Marcie was on for Elphaba, there had to be a Nessa understudy as well.
2008: Feb. 18- Rent, Feb. 19- Curtains, April 18- Xanadu, April 22- Wicked, April 26- Legally Blonde, May 31- Wicked, June 13- The Little Mermaid, June 28- Wicked and Young Frankenstein, July 2- The Little Mermaid, July 6- A Chorus Line and Legally Blonde, August 16- Xanadu, September 13- Legally Blonde and 13, September 28- Xanadu and Spring Awakening, Oct. 12-GYPSY and [title of show], Oct. 19- Hairspray & Legally Blonde, Nov. 9- Wicked and 13, Dec. 14-13, Dec. 26- Billy Elliot, 2009: Jan 1- Shrek, Jan 2- 13 and Wicked, Jan 4- 13, Feb 17- In The Heights, Feb 19- Billy Elliot, Feb 22- Sweeney Todd (tour), March 28- Mary Poppins, April 4- Mamma Mia!, April 15- Jersey Boys (on tour), April 25- next to normal & 9 to 5 May 1- Billy Elliot, May 3- Spelling Bee (tour), May 8- Chicago, May 21- Wicked, June 6- Everyday Rapture, June 23- The Wiz, June 25- Hair July 15- Shrek, August 9- Wicked, September 7- Rock of Ages, October 11- Next To Normal, October 23- The Marvelous Wonderettes, November 7- Ragtime November 29- Dreamgirls, December 25- Billy Elliot, December 30- Finian's Rainbow, 2010: January 9- Bye Bye Birdie, January 16- Memphis February 17- The Phantom of The Opera, February 18- God of Carnage, March 7- Billy Elliot, March 31- American Idiot
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re: Billy Elliot Question#12
Posted: 6/16/09 at 1:26pm
As far as I know, Tommy Batchelor is currently out due to an injury. Tanner Pflueger (from the current West End cast) is filling in for his performances.
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re: Billy Elliot Question#13
Posted: 6/16/09 at 1:32pm
Tanner left right before the TONYS.
2008: Feb. 18- Rent, Feb. 19- Curtains, April 18- Xanadu, April 22- Wicked, April 26- Legally Blonde, May 31- Wicked, June 13- The Little Mermaid, June 28- Wicked and Young Frankenstein, July 2- The Little Mermaid, July 6- A Chorus Line and Legally Blonde, August 16- Xanadu, September 13- Legally Blonde and 13, September 28- Xanadu and Spring Awakening, Oct. 12-GYPSY and [title of show], Oct. 19- Hairspray & Legally Blonde, Nov. 9- Wicked and 13, Dec. 14-13, Dec. 26- Billy Elliot, 2009: Jan 1- Shrek, Jan 2- 13 and Wicked, Jan 4- 13, Feb 17- In The Heights, Feb 19- Billy Elliot, Feb 22- Sweeney Todd (tour), March 28- Mary Poppins, April 4- Mamma Mia!, April 15- Jersey Boys (on tour), April 25- next to normal & 9 to 5 May 1- Billy Elliot, May 3- Spelling Bee (tour), May 8- Chicago, May 21- Wicked, June 6- Everyday Rapture, June 23- The Wiz, June 25- Hair July 15- Shrek, August 9- Wicked, September 7- Rock of Ages, October 11- Next To Normal, October 23- The Marvelous Wonderettes, November 7- Ragtime November 29- Dreamgirls, December 25- Billy Elliot, December 30- Finian's Rainbow, 2010: January 9- Bye Bye Birdie, January 16- Memphis February 17- The Phantom of The Opera, February 18- God of Carnage, March 7- Billy Elliot, March 31- American Idiot
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re: Billy Elliot Question#14
Posted: 6/16/09 at 2:15pm
Thats also an example of an ensemble member understudying a lead, not the other way around, as it is for Tommy. When Keean is on for Michael, Tommy gets pulled to go in the ensemble role of Tall Boy despite being technically in the full time lead rotation.

EDIT: I guess Nessa isn't just an ensemble role, but she is still a smaller part than Elphaba. Similarly, in BE Big Davey is one of the u/s for Dad. That situation is not that unusual I don't think.
Updated On: 6/16/09 at 02:15 PM
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re: Billy Elliot Question#15
Posted: 6/16/09 at 2:17pm
Tommy is back, I saw him the other night perform

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