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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

by Elton John and Lee Hall

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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

This 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, set during the 1984-85 miners’ strike in the United Kingdom, is based on the 2000 film and features music by Elton John.


Billy is a motherless eleven-year-old boy in northeast England during the miners’ strike of 1984-85 - a difficult time for miners like his father and brother. Attracted to the grace of ballet, Billy leaves his boxing class to begin taking dance lessons. When his father finds out and forbids them, he begins taking secret private lessons with Mrs. Wilkinson, who believes he has the talent to be accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London. As Billy’s hopes and dreams grow bigger and the strike escalates, the family and the community are both challenged to consider and fight for that which is truly most important.

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Elton John


Lyricist and Librettist
Lee Hall

  • Premiere
  • 2000 Film
  • 2014 Film

Broadway Premiere

Imperial Theatre
Opening Night
Nov 13, 2008
Total Performances
Original Cast
David Alvarez, Santino Fontana, Haydn Gwynne, Gregory Jbara, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish, Carole Shelley, Juliette Allen Angelo, Kevin Bernard, David Bologna, Grady McLeod Bowman, Heather Burns, Frank Dolce, Eboni Edwards, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Eric Gunhus, Meg Guzulescu, Stephen Hanna, Izzy Hanson-Johnston, Joel Hatch, Leah Hocking, Keean Johnson, Aaron Kaburick, Donnie Kehr, Jeff Kready, Stephanie Kurtzuba, David Larsen, Caroline London, Merle Louise, Marina Micalizzi, Mitchell Michaliszyn, Matthew Mindler, Tessa Netting, Daniel Oreskes, Jayne Paterson, Thommie Retter, Corrieanne Stein, Jamie Torcellini, Grant Turner, Casey Whyland, Erin Whyland
Stephen Daldry
Peter Darling
Universal Pictures, Working Title, The Old Vic Company, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene
Musical Director
David Chase
Martin Koch
Scenic Design
Ian MacNeil
Costume Design
Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Design
Rick Fisher
Sound Design
Paul Arditti

2000 Film Version

Movie Name
Billy Elliot
Stephen Daldry
Lee Hall
Jamie Bell, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis, Stuart Wells, Mike Elliot, Billy Fane, Nicola Blackwell, Julie Walters, Carol McGuigan, Joe Renton, Colin MacLachlan, Janine Birkett

2014 Film Version

Movie Name
Billy Elliot
Filmed Live on Stage
Brett Sullivan
Elliott Hanna, Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Ann Emery, Chris Grahamson, Liam Mower, Howard Crossley, David Muscat


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Original Hollywood Version DVD

Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray



2009 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Gregory Jbara
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Orchestrations
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - David Bologna
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Haydn Gwynne
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Carole Shelley
Best Original Score
Best Costume Design of a Musical

2009 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Gregory Jbara
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Haydn Gwynne
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Orchestrations
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical
Outstanding Sound Design
Outstanding Director of a Musical

2009 Theatre World Award Nominations

David Alvarez
Trent Kowalik
Kiril Kulish
Haydn Gwynne

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