Photo Flash: First Look at Sam Faulkner, Janet Dickinson and More in NC Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT

Thrilling audiences worldwide and winning TEN Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical features a spectacular score by Elton John and is the inspirational story of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community, changing his life forever. Hailed as "The best show you will ever see" by the New York Post, this big musical with an even bigger heart will enchant the dreamer in all of us. Check out a first look at the production below!

Playing Billy's father will be Raleigh favorite Ira David Wood III, recipient of the 2014 North Carolina Award in celebration of his contribution to the arts, the highest civilian honor in the state. Starring as "Billy" is Charlotte, NC native Sam Faulkner, who recently appeared in the title role at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

Directing the show will be Eric Woodall He is a Resident Director of Broadway's Mamma Mia! and a casting director with Tara Rubin Casting. Some of Eric's Broadway shows and national tours include: Bullets Over Broadway, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Big Fish, Aladdin, Young Frankenstein, and Phantom of the Opera. This will be Woodall's third time directing at North Carolina Theatre, previously directing Driving Miss Daisy and Steel Magnolias, as well as Theatre Raleigh's August: Osage County. Woodall is a Benson, North Carolina native.

Based on the award-winning film and with a spectacular score by Elton John, Billy Elliot is the funny, heartwarming tale of a young boy with a dream, and a celebration of his triumph against the odds. Set against the historic British miners' strike of the 1980s, the story follows Billy's journey as a boy in a small mining town who, after stumbling across a ballet class on his way to a boxing lesson, that his future is best realized as a dancer on the stage, not a boxer in the ring. The Broadway production of Billy Elliot ran from 2008 - 2012 and received 10 Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and was named Time Magazine's "Best Musical of the Decade." Billy Elliot first opened in the London's West End in 2005 where it still runs today.

Parental Advisory: BILLY ELLIOT contains strong adult language, and is not recommended for most children under the age of 10. For more information on content please click here.

Photo Credit: Curtis Brown



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