The London production of Billy Elliot the Musical, which began performances at the Victoria Palace Theatre in March 2005, will play its 1,000th performance there October 4.
The hit Elton-Lee Hall musical, which will arrive at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in the fall of 2008, will also soon welcome two new Billys to the London cast: 13-year-old Sam Angell from Glasgow and 13-year-old Joshua Fedrick from Saltash, Cornwall.
The current Billy Elliots are Dean McCarthy, Layton Williams, Corey Snide and Oliver Taylor.
The actors, who alternate in the demanding role, are featured in a cast that includes Jackie Clune (Mrs. Wilkinson), James Gaddas (Dad), Chris Lennon (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Trevor Fox (George), Alex Delamere (Mr. Braithwaite), Sara Poyzer (Mum) and Isaac James (Older Billy).
And tickets for the Australian production have gone on sale. This one will introduce four young stars in the making, Lochlan Denholm ( from Melbourne), Rhys Kosakowski (Newcastle), Rarmian Newton (Melbourne) and Nick Twiney (Sydney), who will alternate the title role.
The cast of 75 will also feature Australian theatre luminaries Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Wilkinson), Richard Piper (Dad), Lola Nixon (Grandma), Justin Smith (Tony), John Xintavelonis (Mr. Braithwaite) and Linal Haft (George).