Elton John World News: Bully For ''Billy''

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John/Hall Musical a Hit Down Under and on Broadway

Wednesday 17 June 2009 @ 16:56 - GMT

After an incredible 207 performances playing to well over 300,000 people in Melbourne over the last six months, Billy Elliot The Musical has finished up at Her Majesty's Theatre.

The show broke HMT box office records, played to almost 100% capacity for the whole season, and has won almost every major theatre award - including the Tony for Best Musical on Sunday.

In fact, the Tony honours kickstarted Broadway box office last week, with sales rising across the board in the post-kudos frame.

The 10 statues for Billy Elliot helped propel receipts up by 11%, an impressive showing for a production already regularly grossing well over $1 million a week.

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