by Time Magazine as the best musical of the decade, Billy Elliot: The Musical, the joyous
celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true has taken London,
Broadway and Australia by storm but for some reason not so much Chicago. Sadly the sun will be setting on Billy
Elliot at the Ford Center/Oriental Theatre on Sunday, November 28, 2010. The show will continue in New York,
London, and a National Tour in the U.S. as well as productions in Korea, Tokyo
role of Billy is demanding. A boy
must be between 9 and 12 years old, no taller than 4' 10", have an unbroken
voice, show outstanding potential in tap, acrobatics, step dancing, flying on wires,
acting and ballet. Once they meet
these qualifications they can audition for the role. If they are chosen to continue, they will receive further
training. This is still no
guarantee of ever getting the on-stage role of Billy. Of the over 2000 boys in North America that have tried out
for the role only a couple of handfuls have made it into the show.
To hear the successful
Billy's tell their stories, not one of them ever believed he would be cast,
simply because no one arrives with the full skill set. Take a look at the video above to see the Billy story.
The boys that win the role
usually are only able to continue for six to nine months as physical changes
occur with them growing too tall or their voices begin to break.
The Chicago production of
Billy has showcased 6 Billy's. The
two newest Billy's, Myles Erlick and Marcus Pei replaced the original Chicago
Billy's of Giuseppe Bausilio who will continue in the National Tour and Tommy
Batchelor who's growth spurt ended his Billy career.
New Billy, MYLES
ERLICK, is 11 years old and from Burlington, Ontario. His training began
at Stars Academy and recently Canada's National Ballet School. Myles' passion
for the arts led him to various television and theater roles, recently as an
actor on Canadian TV series Flashpoint.
Myles was one of four children cast in the Toronto tour of Charlotte Town
Festival's Anne of Green Gables. He is thrilled to be playing the role of Billy
in Chicago and will proudly tell anyone he meets that he was "Born to
The other new Billy, MARCUS PEI, is 12 and from Iowa City, Iowa. He studied Suzuki
piano for nine years under Hikari Nakamura at Preucil School. Marcus started
ballet at six years with The University of Iowa Youth Ballet, Nolte Academy,
and Milwaukee Ballet School. In 2009, he was invited to study full-time at
Canada's National Ballet School, and plans to graduate from high school there.
In 2009, he danced the lead boys' role of Misha in National Ballet of Canada's
Cesar Corrales and J.P. Viernes continue in the role of Billy in Chicago's Billy Elliot.
Individual tickets range in price from $30 to
$100. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W.
Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), the Broadway In
Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations
(including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott and Coconuts), and online at BroadwayInChicago. For groups of 15 or more, call (312) 977-1710.
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