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 Post subject: Billy Elliot - the musical
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 9:59 pm 
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Elton's key change to West End stage
Musician commissions play based on Queen's intruder ordeal as Old Vic welcomes Billy Elliot. By
Fiachra Gibbons for The Guardian.


The singer Elton John has commissioned a play about Michael Fagan, the drug addict who climbed over the railings of Buckingham Palace and managed to sneak into the Queen's bedroom.
Fagan spent 45 minutes at foot of the Queen's bed bemoaning his lot, and threatening to slash his wrists with a broken ashtray in July 1982, before palace security staff finally twigged that something was amiss.

John, who has written the songs for a new musical version of the hit film Billy Elliot, said he hoped the play would eventually be staged at the Old Vic in London, whose production company is also behind the musical.

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Boys jump for a chance of fame
By Laura Peek for The Independent


These two lads a-leaping, Matthew Low (right) and Tyler Catt, are just two of the hundreds of young hopefuls who queued in London’s driving rain and hail yesterday to audition for a stage version of the hit film Billy Elliot.

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Hunt for Billy Elliot stage stars
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Billy Elliot - The Musical is expected to reach the stage this autumn
The search for the next Billy Elliot is on, with producers looking for boys to star in a stage version of the film.
The movie's director Stephen Daldry will direct the theatre musical, and is hunting for three boys to follow in the footsteps of the film star Jamie Bell.

Daldry told BBC Breakfast: "They've got to be exceptional children." Sir Elton John has written the show's music.

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Elton 'moved' to join Billy Elliot musical
By Keily Oakes for BBC News Online


Sir Elton John is providing the music for the stage version of British hit film Billy Elliot - and launched the show in London on Tuesday.

The star jumped on board after identifying with the story of the young boy striving to achieve his dreams against the wishes of his father.

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Billy Elliot to make stage debut

By CHARLOTTE HIGGINS
The Guardian
June 23, 2004

The creative team behind the musical is largely that of the film: writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will co-produce.
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Elton John writes 'Billy Elliot' the musical because 'he's like me'

By LOUISE JURY
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June 23, 2004

Sir Elton John was so moved by the hit British film Billy Elliot that he agreed immediately to write the songs for the musical version which opens in London next year, he revealed yesterday.
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According to the LA Times, more than 3000 boys have auditioned for the role of Billy Elliot in the new musical based on the movie.

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Behind the scenes of Billy Elliot – The Musical
By Alison Kirkman for Dancing Times

Part I: The story so far

The film Billy Elliot was released in 2000 and became an international hit, much to the surprise and delight of most of the creative team who had expected only moderate success in Britain and possibly abroad. Now the film is to be turned into a West End musical due to open next March – not an easy task. I will follow its progress in this behind the scenes series

The original screenplay for Billy Elliot was written by Lee Hall and was based loosely on his childhood. He grew up in Newcastle and had a burning desire to write, which he translated into Billy’s desire to dance, against other expectations of his family.

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Behind the scenes of Billy Elliot – The Musical
By Alison Kirkman for The Dancing Times

Part II: Billy and Michael Auditions

Auditions for Billy Elliot – The Musical began way back in October 2003. It is a very complex process and, because the role of Billy is such a difficult one, finding the right person to play it has been a real challenge for the creative team. Children’s Casting Director Jessica Ronane has travelled the length and breadth of the country looking for potential Billys, Michaels and Debbies.

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Three 'Billy Elliots' win star roles in stage show

by NIGEL REYNOLDS
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Greasepaint does not run in their family genes and though all the boys took up singing or dancing or both at a very young age, none has appeared in a professional production.
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Haway three lads, but none a Geordie

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James Lomas, 14, and Liam Mower, 12, are both young Yorkshiremen, from Sheffield and Hull respectively. The third, George Maguire, 13, is from Essex. However, these young pros are not daunted about acquiring the vocal cadences and rhythms of Tyneside.
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Now us lads can dance like Billy
by Giles Hattersley for The Sunday Times


The dream of West End stardom came true for three boys last week. James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower were unveiled as the lucky lads who will share the title role in Billy Elliot: The Musical.

Based on the beloved British film that came out four years ago, this £5m production is again directed by Stephen Daldry with the addition of 14 new songs by Sir Elton John.

“Amazing . . . it feels . . . it feels like it’s not true,” stammers 13-year-old George, from Essex. We are sitting cross- legged on the floor of the Victoria Palace theatre.

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Behind the Scenes
Written by Alison Kirkman for The Dancing Times

Part III: Introducing Billy(s)

After a break from Billy last month, we now return to the series and can reveal to you the three young actors who have been picked from over 3,000 hopefuls to play the lead role in the musical.

Standing out in the cold in Piccadilly Circus, part of a growing crowd of photographers, television crews, and journalists, Chris and I waited... and waited... then went to buy a coffee to warm up... and waited a little longer, until we were eventually ushered into position for a photoshoot of the three boys who will play Billy in the first cast of the musical when it opens next March – just in case you were thinking this behind the scenes stuff was all glamour!

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Greetings!
We got a peek at the three 'Billy Eliots' on the Royal Variety Show which was televised tonight on BBC1 and BBC2.

The three boys appeared with Elton John in a piece, though obviously based on choreography and music from the show, put together especially for the variety show. It is apparently, the only time all three boys will appear together.

Most of the choreography was a mixture of jazz, hip-hop and martial arts-type moves, and the two boys performing it were very impressive. The third, who I presume is the one who is attending the Royal Ballet School, briefly showed off ballet skills in a LONG series of turns in second which finished the piece. Not perfect positioning, but very impressive considering the number of turns, lack of warm-up and performing in front of such an audience. And finished off very nicely into a deep 4th position.

They are a very interesting trio - the two who did the duo look older and seemed to be stronger singers (though this being their first public singing appearance, nerves were surely part of the package) and one in particular was notable for his stage presence.

I look forward to reading reviews when the musical premieres!
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Cast assembles for Billy Elliot musical
By Alistair Smith for The Stage


Haydn Gwynn, Tim Healey and Anne Rogers will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical when it opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the new year.

Gwynn will play Billy’s dance teacher, Mrs Wilkinson, Healey will play his father and Rogers will appear as his grandmother. They will join James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower who will alternate in the title role.

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