Two new Michaels for Billy Elliot The Musical
THIS week (commencing September 3, 2012), 10 year old Jack Bromage-Eccles from Nuneaton and 10 year old Thomas Moore from Doncaster join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical to play Michael, Billy’s best friend. They will alternate the role with Joe Massey 12 years old from South Wirrell.
Previously Posted: This week (commencing August 20, 2012), 11 year old Redmand Rance from Fareham, Hampshire will become the thirty first boy to play the title role of Billy Elliot in the West End. He is joined by ten year old Millie Thornton from Grangetown, Sunderland who plays the role of Debbie Wilkinson.
Now in its eighth year, Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until December 21, 2013.
Having opened in London in 2005, Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over eight million people worldwide. Productions have also been staged on Broadway, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea.
The touring production, which began in 2010, continues to play across North America and further international productions are planned.
Earlier this year, Redmand Rance made his West End debut in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre playing Young Cosmo. In 2011, he took on the role of Billy in a Billy Youth Theatre production for STP Musicals.
Millie Thornton, who took part in the Billy Youth Theatre project in Sunderland and Newcastle, has previously appeared in Joseph at The Sunderland Empire, The King and I at Newcastle Theatre Royal and White Christmas at The Sunderland Empire.
Redmand Rance joins Harris Beattie, Ryan Collinson, Harrison Dowzell and Kaine Ward, who alternate the role of Billy. Reece Barrett, Connor Kelly and Joe Massey alternate the role of Billy’s best friend Michael, and Millie Thornton joins Dayna Dixon and Macy Stasiak, who alternate the role of Debbie.
They perform alongside Gillian Bevan (as Mrs. Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Michael Peavoy (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Sean Kearns (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy).
Ensemble members include Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Alan Bradshaw, Dawn Buckland, James Butcher, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Jaymz Denning, Gillian Elisa, Helen French, Sergio Giacomelli, Kieran Jae, Ian Gareth Jones, Connor McAllister, Steven Paget, Steph Parry, Ryan Pidgen, Dan Reilly and Mike Scott.
Based on the Oscar nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid the disapproval of his struggling family.
Directed by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling, Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John, and has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall. The production is designed by Ian MacNeil, with costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch and the associate director is Julian Webber.