Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Billy Elliot on Broadway- A True Delight in 2009

I have seen a few hundred Broadway Shows during my sales career in the ticket business in New York City. Shows come and go like the wind most of times but not in the case of Billy Elliot, very likely to win this years Best Musical Tony Award.

Based on the 2000 film, Billy Elliot The Musical is a terrific story about a poor, working class youngster and his family living in England in a difficult time of family adversity, a long coal miners strike that keep his family out of work as well as this young man's desire to become a ballet dancer. This show has all the makings of the perfect Broadway production. Its got one of the most wonderful cast of talented actors ever seen on a stage, along with superb music and lyrics (By Elton John and Lee Hall) along with a very unique and interesting book (written by Lee Hall).

Billy Elliot came to New York's Imperial Theater after a few years of sell-out performances in London with everyone in the Broadway community thinking this was going to be the next big hit. The show has four superbly talented youngsters that alternate in playing the role of Billy along with Mr. Gregory Jbara, often a mainstay on Broadway having been seen in Chicago, Damn Yankees and most recently Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which still happens to be one of my favorites. Haydn Gwynne plays Billy's ballet teacher- Mrs. Wilkinson. She received an Olivier Award nomination in London for creating her role in Billy Elliot and was just nominated for a Tony Award for playing the same role on Broadway. Stephen Daldry, who directed Billy Elliot's film, does a fantastic job as well in the same capacity in this theatrical production. He's a true talent indeed. Some of the most interesting choreography ever seen on Broadway and sure to receive a Tony Award for his efforts is Peter Darling.

Billy Elliot has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards which are to be aired on Sunday June 7, 2009. You should watch the Tony's this year as it's going to be a real treat.

If you think you might want to see Billy Elliot, it might be a good idea to think about purchasing tickets soon before the show becomes a big "sellout" hit (just after the Tony Awards on June 7, 2009). You can call Applause Theater Service in New York City today on their local phone line at 212-307-7050 or toll free at 800-451-9930 if you want tickets. We inventory the best seats and only charge reasonable prices as well.

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Bye for now.

Rich Gladstone
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