Billy Elliot Summary

  • Billy Elliot is 2 hours and 45 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 1, 2008
  • Opens November 13, 2008
  • Show Closed: January 8, 2012

Set during the coal miners' strike in England in the 1980s, Billy Elliot is a young boy who wants to give up boxing and learn to be a dancer.

Billy Elliot on Broadway Background

A tremendous hit in London, Billy Elliot has now made its way to Broadway, where it's electrifying audiences at the Imperial Theatre. The invigorating show has earned some of the best reviews for any new musical in many years. Time Out NY called it “EXTRAORDINARILY UPLIFTING” and the New York Times proclaims it “INTOXICATING”. Billy Elliot is an exciting and joyful celebration of a determined boy who follows his heart despite the odds and makes his dreams come true. Based on the much-acclaimed British independent film, Billy Elliot comes to life on stage thanks to the beloved movie’s original creative team – writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer Peter Darling – with a little help from pop music legend Elton John, who has written a brand new original score for the musical that the New York Post says is “HIS BEST SCORE YET!”

What’s Billy Elliot Like?

A musical version of the British film of the same name, Billy Elliot has been a huge hit in London and is now wowing Broadway. Lee Hall has written a solid and sometimes pleasantly surprising adaptation of his own screenplay, and together he and composer Elton John have created a functional score that is pretty good, though seldom soars. Billy Elliot's greatest strengths are its stars (three extraordinarily talented boys alternate in the title role), director Stephen Daldry's often inspired staging, and Peter Darling's electric choreography.

Is Billy Elliot Good for Kids?

May be inappropriate for 8 and under. (It contains strong language and some scenes of confrontation between policemen and miners.) Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,417
Entrance: 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

Imperial Theatre Seating Chart

Billy Elliot Marquee

Billy Elliot Marquee at the Imperial Theatre in NYC

Cast Members

Billy Elliot
David Alvarez
Billy Elliot
Kiril Kulish
Billy Elliot
Trent Kowalik
Grandma
Carole Shelley
Dad
Gregory Jbara
Mrs. Wilkinson
Haydn Gwynne
Tony
Santino Fontana

Producers

Old Vic Productions

Jon Finn

Tim Bevan

Eric Fellner

Sally Greene

David Furnish

Angela Morrison

Production Credits

Director
Stephen Daldry
Choreographer
Peter Darling
Set Designer
Ian MacNeil
Costume Designer
Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Designer
Rick Fisher
Sound Designer
Paul Arditti
Musical Supervision and Orchestration
Martin Koch
Associate Direction
Julian Webber
Elton John
Music
Lee Hall
Book and Lyrics

Creative Team

General Manager
Nina Lannan
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting
Advertising Representative
SPOTCo
Press Agent
Barlow Hartman Public Rrelations
Production Stage Manager
Bonnie Becker
Company Manager
Gregg Arst