The New York Post call’s Elton John’s musical, BILLY ELLIOT, “The Best Show You Will Ever See.” Time Magazine said, “Billy Elliot is the “Best Musical of the Decade.” “Impossible to Resist,” is the way the Chicago Tribune summed up the current production. Audiences love Billy and its fans are loyal. Many have followed the show around the world. However, there are some who are not fans. Have you seen Billy? When? Where? How many times? What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small mining town in England, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a passion that takes him by surprise, and takes his whole family on an incredibly uplifting adventure.
THE FOUR CHICAGO BILLYS.
Rotating in the title role of ‘Billy’ in the Chicago production of
Billy Elliot are Tommy Batchelor, Giuseppe Bausilio, Cesar Corrales and
14-year-old, Tommy, the oldest of the Chicago Billys, is also the most
experienced. He played Billy on Broadway for nine months before coming
to Chicago. He started his dance training at age four at the Dance
Factory in Minnesota and continued training at Palm Beach Ballet Center
in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where he lives with his family.
Giuseppe, the “baby” of the four Chicago Billys, is 12. He is from
Bern, Switzerland and in addition to being a talented dancer can speak
five different languages. When he’s not rehearsing or playing the role
of Billy, Giuseppe enjoys cooking, skiing, riding his bike, playing the
cello, football and Kung Fu Wushu. Playing Billy is a dream come true.
Cesar is 13 years old and was born in Mexico. He currently lives in
Canada with his parents, who are also dancers. Many have said that he
has the potential to be one of the best Billys ever. What’s truly
amazing is that he has only been dancing for 2 years.
J.P. just celebrated his 14th birthday on May 30th. He was raised in
Half Moon Bay, in California and inspired by is sister to study
dancing. His initial contract to play Billy runs through September of
this year. However, J.P. says, “I’ll be in it as long as my voice
doesn’t change, or I don’t grow.
BILLYS AROUND THE WORLD.
In addition to the Chicago production of Billy Elliot, the show is currently playing in London (since 2005); and on Broadway in New York City (since October 2008). It is scheduled to open in Seoul, Korea this August and in Toronto, Canada and Tokyo, Japan in 2011. The Sydney and Melbourne, Australia productions have closed. A number of other productions throughout the U.S., from Houston, to Seattle to Cleveland to Tampa and in-between are scheduled to open this year and next.
HOW MANY BILLYS?
The current record on SHOW ME CHICAGO for the most productions and Billys seen is held by JohnnyC who has seen 169 productions of Billy Elliot with 25 different boys playing the role of Billy.
CONTEST STARTS TOMORROW.
Win a pair of tickets to Billy Elliot and a complimentary dinner for two at Petterino’s. Contest starts tomorrow on Show Me Chicago. Through midnight June 11.
For those who don’t win tickets.
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, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. For groups of 15 or more, call (312) 977-1710.
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