Billy Elliot: Patrick Mulvey to play Tony
Patrick Mulvey will make his Broadway debut when he joins the cast of the 10-time Tony Award winning Billy Elliot - The Musical in the role of 'Tony' on 15 Jul 2011. He assumes the role from Will Chase who will play his final performanceon on 10 Jul 2011.
Mulvey began his journey as the original 'Tony' in the Chicago production of Billy Elliot - The Musical. He comes to the Broadway company direct from the Toronto production.
Mulvey received his BA in Acting from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre credits: Billy Elliot - The Musical 1st national tour (Tony) Goodman Theatre (Rock N Roll), Timeline Theatre(When She Danced), National Theatre of Scotland (Something Wicked this Way Comes). TV ctedits: BBC series "River City" and ABC's "Detroit 187."
Billy Elliot - The Musical opened at the Imperial Theatre on 13 Nov 2008, following previews from 1 Oct, where it is currently selling tickets through to 31 Dec 2011.
The show opened to excellent reviews: "everything about this production is remarkable." (newyorktheatreguide.com); "enduring appeal" (NY Times); "irresistible new show " (NY Daily News); "head and toe-shoes above every other show this season" (NY Post); "as seriously thrilling as it is deeply lovable" (NewsDay); "Tough, intelligent, exuberant, electric, politically savvy, and fun" (Back Stage)
Set in England's North East against the background of the miners' strike - Billy Elliot is the tale of a motherless boy whose father wants him to take up boxing. Instead, the boy discovers a love for ballet that leads him from secret lessons to a place at the Royal Ballet School.
Billy Elliot - The Musical currently features Emily Skinner (Mrs. Wilkinson), Gregory Jbara (Dad), Carole Shelley (Grandma), Will Chase, Neil McCaffrey and Cameron Clifford (Michael) and Giuseppe Bausilio, Tade Biesinger, Jacob Clemente, Joseph Harrington and Peter Mazurowski (alternate as Billy).
Billy Elliot is created by the same team that made the multi-Oscar-nominated film: writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer Peter Darling. The musical's score is by Elton John, who also composed the music for 'The Lion King,' 'Aida' and 'Lestat.'
Billy Elliot - The Musical was a London hit when it opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 11 May 2005 and has been a box office hit ever since.
The London production won Three Olivier Awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor and Choreographer. It also won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. A production of the show opened in sydney in Dec 2007.
The Broadway production features the same creative team as the London production: Ian MacNeil (sets), Nicky Gillibrand (costumes), Rick Fisher (lighting) and Paul Arditti (sound).
The musical is produced on Broadway by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Weinstein Live Entertainment.Patrick Mulvey
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