Billy Elliot - Peter Mazurowski to be 10th Billy
13 year old Peter Mazurowski will join the cast of the 10-time Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot - The Musical, in the role of 'Billy.' Mazurowski, who is making his Broadway debut, will be the 10th boy to perform the role on Broadway. His first performance date will be announced soon.
In a statement Mazurowski said "I am thrilled to have the honor of playing the role of Billy Elliot. From a young age, I always dreamed of performing on Broadway, and I am so grateful that I finally get the opportunity."
The role of 'Billy' is currently alternated between Jacob Clemente, Mike Dameski, Alex Ko, Liam Redhead and Dayton Tavares.
Liam Redhead will play his final performance as 'Billy' on 29 Aug 2010 and Michael Dameski will play his final performance as 'Billy' on 5 Sep 2010.
In other casting news Neil McCaffrey and Gabriel Rush recently assumed the role of Billy's friend 'Michael' from David Bologna and Jake Evan Schwencke.
Rush, 12, is making his Broadway debut after playing the role of 'Michael' in the first national touring production of Billy Elliot - The Musical in Chicago. McCaffrey, 12, was most recently seen on Broadway in 'Bye, Bye Birdie' as 'Randolph McAfee' and 'Mary Poppins' as 'Michael Banks.'
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 4 Sep 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 Jacob Clemente, Mike Dameski, Alex Ko, Liam Redhead and Dayton Tavares alternate the role of 'Billy.' Kate Hennig (Mrs. Wilkinson), Gregory Jbara (Dad), Carole Shelley (Grandma), Will Chase (Tony) and, Neil McCaffrey and Gabriel Rush alternate the role of Billy's friend 'Michael.'
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.Peter Mazurowski
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