The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce that NETworks Presentations, LLC will bring the multi-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical to Pittsburgh's Benedum Center from January 31 through February 12, 2012. Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim on Broadway including 10 Tony Awards.
About the show: "Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever."
Billy Elliot the Musical features Ty Forhan, Kylend Hetherington, Zach Manske and J.P. Viernes in the role of 'Billy.'
Also featured are Leah Hocking (Mrs. Wilkinson); Rich Hebert (Dad); Cynthia Darlow (Grandma); Cullen Titmas (Tony); Joel Blum (George); Ben Cook and Jacob Zelonky (Michael); and Samantha Blaire Cutler (Debbie).
The production features original direction by Stephen Daldry, choreography by Peter Darling, scenic design by Ian MacNeil, associate direction by Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch. Touring production direction is by Justin Martin and choreography by Kathryn Dunn. The show was originally produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions.
The production has been awarded 81 national and international awards including ten Tony Awards, and Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle.
Additional information about Billy Elliot the Musical is available at www.BillyElliotTour.com.
Billy Elliot the Musical performance dates and times are Tuesday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 3, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 4, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 5, 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 10, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 11, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 12, 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.