Friday, June 05, 2009

Billy Elliot on Broadway is a Knockout Musical!

Billy Elliot on Broadway has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards in 2009. Although I am in the business of providing a personal Broadway ticket service, mainly for out-of-town visitors to New York City, I am an avid theater-goer as well. I saw Billy Elliot three times last October and knew it was going to be a top candidate to win several Tony Awards this Spring.

In particular, Billy Elliot may very likely win the BEST MUSICAL Tony Award as well as a BEST ACTOR Tony Award for the 3 youngsters that alternate playing the role of Billy Elliot. They are three wonderful young actors-David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish. In addition, I am pretty sure the show will win for the BEST CHOREOGRAPHY category. Gregory Jbarra (Billy's dad) is up for the BEST ACTOR Tony Award and the show could possibly win most of the categories for which it is nominated. Anyone remember The Producers winning 12 Tony Awards in 2001, the most ever in Broadway history. Could Billy Elliot beat that record?

Billy Elliot's music was written by Elton John. I promise you'll cry here and there when his ballads are sung by the very talented cast. Mr. Lee Hall wrote the book and the lyrics for Billy Elliot with direction by Mr. Stephen Daldry (who I think should win for BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL). He directed Billy Elliot for the big screen several years ago and did a wonderful job with it. I saw a television special that showed Mr. Daldry and his staff interviewing the "three Billy's" when the show was first announced to come to play in New York City. Although we all must think that the directors job is simply to get the actors to follow certain steps, I was really quite pleased at how this television special showed us how "warm and friendly" the Billy Elliot team really is. They were good to the youngsters and very supportive at this "summer camp" audition for dozens of kids that were all vying for the role to star as at least one of the "Billy Elliot's".

Be sure to watch this years 2009 Tony Awards on CBS this Sunday June 7, 2009 from 8-11pm. It should be the best Tony Awards presentation in a long time. Enjoy.

Sincerely,

Rich Gladstone
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