Monday, April 27, 2009

Tommy Batchelor stars in Broadway’s ‘Billy Elliot’

One of the biggest hits this Broadway season , "Billy Elliot", has added a fourth Billy recently, Tommy Batchelor. I hear he's just terrific!

Tommy Batchelor’s dance teacher predicted he would be on Broadway. “But she thought I would be at least 20,” said Tommy.
Now 13, he is one of four boys playing the lead role in Billy Elliot, the hit musical on Broadway.
Tommy, whose home is in Palm Beach Gardens, was spotted by a talent scout in 2007 at a ballet competition in Orlando and joined the show in May 2008. He officially became the fourth Billy in March.
With music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is based on a 2000 British movie about a boy from a working-class family in northern England who wants to be a ballet dancer. A hit in London and Sydney, Australia, the musical opened in November to raves in New York.
It’s a classic heart warmer: Young boy beats the odds to fulfill his dreams.
Like the character he plays, Tommy Batchelor knows what it means to be devoted to dance. When he was 3 years old, he saw a television biography about the legendary tap dancer Bill Bojangles. “I said, ‘I want to do that.’ ” said Tommy.
Stamina is important for the role. “The Billy's carry the show,” said casting director Nora Brennan. “They are onstage almost three hours, doing ballet, tap, gymnastics, singing and acting. It’s a very demanding role.” Apparently this kid has the chops to carry this show.
I would highly recommend getting your tickets to see this show very soon because I feel it has a very good chance of winning a whole bunch of Tony Awards come June 7th. So call an Applause Sales expert now at 800-451-9930

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