Its one of the most successful movie musical adaptations of all time, and has broken records globally, so when the team decided to film the musical of the film, it was one of those occasions where we thought to look into some of the ground breaking record smashing facts that made this production one of our favourites.
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The first ever performance of Billy Elliot the Musical took place on 31 March 2005 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London. The official opening night took place on 12 May 2005. Since then nearly 4.5 million people have seen the show in London.
The first performance of Billy Elliot the Musical outside of the UK took place on 13 November 2007 at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. The phenomenally successful Australian production went on to play Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, until June 2009.
The first North American performance of Billy Elliot the Musical had its first performance at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre on 1 October 2008.
The Broadway production ended its incredibly successful, Tony Award® winning run on 8 January 2012 after 1,344 performances, having been seen by nearly 1.8m people.
The Billy Elliot the Musical North American tour played from October 2010 until August 2013, finishing with a three week trip to São Paulo, Brazil, the first time Billy Elliot played in South America.
The first foreign language production of Billy Elliot the Musical was staged in Seoul, South Korea at the LG Arts Centre in 2010 and 2011 gaining a whole new fan base for the show and winning three prestigious Korea Musical Awards.
More than 9.5 million people worldwide have now seen Billy Elliot the Musical across five continents including many famous faces. Just some of the famous visitors to the show have included HM The Queen, Hillary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Bill Gates, Ben Stiller, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Hugh Grant, Valentino, Ron Howard, Hugh Jackman, US Vice President Joe Biden, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Elton John have all made cameo appearances in the show.
Since its world premiere, 36 boys have played the title role in London, 10 have played Billy in Australia, 16 boys on Broadway, 6 in Chicago/Toronto, 13 on tour and 5 in Korea (some played the role across different companies). A total of 73 boys, including Jamie Bell who played Billy Elliot in the award-winning film, have now performed the title role, some having performed in two continents with 8 American boys having played the title role in London.
Actors aged from 6 – 83 have performed in the show since its world premiere.
Boys from English, the US, Canada, Australia, Korea, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland and France have played the role of Billy around the world.
In addition to appearing in the show itself, the Billys have been kept busy. Not only have they performed by special invitation at both Buckingham Palace and The White House, they have visited the Prime Minister for tea at No. 10 Downing Street, been interviewed on Oprah Winfrey’s couch, performed at Anna Wintour’s prestigious annual Met Ball in New York, sang the US national anthem at a NY Giants game, a NY Jets game and San Francisco Giants game, had their own ten page spread in the September issue of Vogue magazine, performed live across America at the Tony Awards and annual NYC Thanksgiving Day parade amongst countless other TV appearances, met the President of Lithuania, spent time back stage with Hillary Clinton and all while becoming the youngest actors ever to have been awarded both the Oliver Award and Tony Award for best actor in London and New York respectively.
In each show, the performing Billy will wear seven pairs of shoes – one pair of trainers, three pairs of tap shoes, one pair of ballet slippers, one pair of bedroom slippers and one pair of tap covers.
Each boy grows out of his shoes at least once, often twice, during his time with Billy Elliot the Musical. Like many speciality shoes, it takes a while to break in, so they try to hang on to them as long as possible.
Billy Elliot the Musical is the winner of 81 awards worldwide including the Laurence Olivier Best Musical Award (London), the Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia), ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical (Broadway) as well as multiple Dora Awards (Toronto), and Korea Musical Awards. In 2013, the London production won the prestigious Olivier Audience Award, crowing the show London audience’s favourite musical.
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