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DPAC Opens Its Stellar 2010-11 SunTrust Broadway Series with 2009 Tony Award Winner “Billy Elliot the Musical”

The Durham Performing Arts Center will open its third stellar SunTrust Broadway Series with the second North American tour of Billy Elliot the Musical, the award-winning 2005 West End and 2008 Broadway musical that Time Magazine selected as its “Best Musical of the Decade,” on Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 2-7 and 9-14 in DPAC‘s brand-new, 2,800-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC. Among many other honors, Billy Elliot won the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2009 Tony Awards® for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Lee Hale), plus the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.

According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:

“Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions bring the 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Billy Elliot the Musical to the Triangle’s DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, from November 2-14, 2010. Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hale, choreography by Peter Darling, and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim on Broadway including 10 Tony Awards.

Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community.

“‘On behalf of my fellow producers and the entire production team, we are delighted to be launching the second national tour of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center. We look forward to presenting the show in this magnificent home for world-class live entertainment,’ said Eric Fellner, a producer of the show.

“In addition to the Tony Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical received the award for Best Direction of a Musical (Stephen Daldry); Best Book of a Musical (Lee Hall); Best Choreography (Peter Darling); Best Orchestrations (Martin Koch); Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Ian MacNeil); Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Rick Fisher); Best Sound Design of a Musical (Paul Arditti); Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish); Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Gregory Jbara).

“The production has been awarded 73 national and international awards including 10 Tony Awards, Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama Leagu,e and Outer Critics Circle.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times says that Billy Elliot ‘Sends audiences into a mass swoon!’ Time Out says it’s ‘The most electric and passionate show in years.’ The Daily News calls Billy ‘So exhilarating that you feel like leaping!’ Liz Smith calls the show ‘Absolutely awesome,’ The New York Observer raves that Billy is ‘The best thing to happen to Broadway in a long while,’ and WOR’s Dave Richardson cheers, ‘All I can say is WOW!’

Billy Elliot the Musical is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn, and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are executive producers. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher, and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

SECOND OPINION: Nov. 4th Raleigh, NC Classical Voice of North Carolina review by Jeffrey Rossman:; Nov. 4th Durham, NC Independent Weekly blog by Kate Dobbs Ariail: and Oct. 28th blog by Byron Woods:; Nov. 4th Raleigh, NC News & Observer review by Roy C. Dicks: and Oct. 24th previews by Rebecca J. Ritzel: and; and Oct. 15th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview and Nov. 4th review, both by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: and–Billy-Elliot–is-a-shining-example?instance=main_article, respectively (Note: You must register first to read this article). (To read Triangle Arts & Entertainment’s online version of the Nov. 7th Triangle Theater Review review by Susie Potter, click

Durham Performing Arts Center presents BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL at 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 30; 2 p.m. Oct. 31; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4 and 9-11; 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 12; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14 at the DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $22-$88.75.


DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787),, or

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or

GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919/281-0587,, or, or ELLIOT Group Prices.pdf.






The Musical: (official website), (Broadway show), (tour), and (Internet Broadway Database).

The Film: (Wikipedia) and (Internet Movie Database).

Elton John: (official website), (Internet Broadway Database), and (Internet Movie Database).

Lee Hall: (The British Council’s “Contemporary Writers” website), (Internet Broadway Database), and (Internet Movie Database).


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