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'Billy Elliot' to close on Broadway

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Billy Elliot, the 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 after 1,304 regular performances. Featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreographed by Peter Darling and directed by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot opened to critical acclaim on Nov. 13, 2008 at the Imperial Theatre. “After three unforgettable years, we are announcing the final performance of Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway,” producer Eric Fellner said in a statement. “To see this story of a small boy from a small town in the North East of England achieve such enormous success and receive such an incredible response from the musical theatre capital of the world has been hugely rewarding. I join my fellow producers in expressing our gratitude to every member of the creative team and the Broadway company for their hard work and dedication to this show. Sadly, all great things come to an end and we look forward to working on Broadway again soon.”

Based on the 2000 Oscar-nominated film, Billy Elliot has played to 7.5 million people and has grossed $600,000,000 since opening in London in May 2005. “I’ve said it before and it remains true today, Billy Elliot has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life – seeing this show produced on Broadway is a dream fulfilled,” composer Elton John said.  “I’m so proud of the brilliant young performers who have mastered the role of Billy on Broadway – their commitment and sheer talent has been the backbone of this production.”

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