by Trish Causey
BILLY ELLIOT kicks off its national tour with an extended stay in Chicago beginning March 18th!
The triple-cast role of "Billy" features triple-threat performers Tommy Batchelor, Giuseppe Bausilio and Cesar Corrales. Though young in years, these boys are professional actor/singer/dancers who have worked in theatre, ballet, and opera.
The Broadway production has earned phenomenal financial and critical success, thanks in part to the music by Sir Elton John, choreography by Peter Darling, and direction by Stephen Daldry. Based on the film of the same name, the Broadway production is an award-winning, inspiring tale, exploring a boy's pursuit of his dream to dance.
The American national tour opens March 18, 2010, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre in Chicago. As thousands of people around the country will share in "Billy's" journey to dance, American boys will get the chance to see that ballet, dancing, and gymnastics are respectable (and manly) artforms of expression, not relegated only to little girls in pink tutus.
BILLY ELLIOT has a running time of 2 hours, 45 minutes. Tickets for the Chicago production are available here: http://www.billyelliotchicago.com/tickets.php