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A new Michael for Billy Elliot The Musical

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ELEVEN year old Zach Atkinson from Manchester has joined the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre to play Billy’s best friend Michael. He alternates the role with current Michaels, Joe Massey and Thomas Moore.

Speaking about himself, he said:

“I am 11 years old from Manchester and I live with my mum Paula, dad Karl and sister Lauren and attend Cheadle Hulme School. Since I was six years old and after performing in one of our school productions, my ambition has been to perform on the stage.

“I attended the Billy Elliot auditions in Manchester and each time I was recalled I was so surprised and excited. During the audition process and as I got one step nearer to realising my dream, I worked really hard with a great teacher called Emma Turner.

“I am a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and I also play the piano and attend The Lowry Young Actors, in Salford Quays. I feel extremely privileged to have been chosen to play the part of Michael and feel so proud to be a part of the fantastic cast of Billy Elliot the Musical.”

Previously Posted: Today, February 6, 2013, 13 year old Tade Biesinger from Bountiful, Utah, US will become the thirty second boy to play Billy Elliot in the West End.

Having performed the title role on Broadway, Tade will become the second boy to have performed the role in the US and the UK when he makes his West End debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Speaking about himself, Tade said:

“My name is Tade Biesinger and I am 13 years old from Utah in the United States. I live with my Mom, Dad and three brothers – Briggs, Brooks and Cael, my sister, Liberty, and our family dog, Bear. I started dancing when I was seven. I trained at Dance Impressions in Bountiful, Utah and Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“I was asked to audition for Billy Elliot by the Children’s Casting Director in America after being seen at different dance competitions and after my auditions, I was asked to play the part of “Billy” on Broadway in 2011 which was amazing! When I was asked to join the cast of Billy Elliot in London I was so excited – I can’t wait to be playing Billy once again!”

Tade Biesinger joins Harris Beattie (14 years old from Aberdeen, Scotland), Harrison Dowzell (12 years old from Nottinghamshire), Redmand Rance (12 years old from Fareham, Hampshire) and Kaine Ward (14 years old from Hertfordshire) who alternate the role of Billy.

Jack Bromage-Eccles (10 years old from Nuneaton), Joe Massey (13 years old from South Wirrell) and Thomas Moore (11 years old from Armthorpe, Doncaster) alternate the role of Billy’s best friend Michael, with Dayna Dixon (10 years old from Newcastle upon Tyne), Macy Stasiak (10 years old from Darlington) and Millie Thornton (10 years old from Sunderland) alternating the role of Debbie.

They perform alongside Gillian Bevan (as Mrs. Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Killian Donnelly (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Sean Kearns (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy).

Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Dawn Buckland, James Butcher, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Matthew Dale, Gillian Elisa, Helen French, Sergio Giacomelli, Nic Greenshields, Ruri James, Ian Gareth Jones, Connor McAllister, David Muscat, Steve Paget, Steph Parry, Spencer Stafford 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.

Now in its eighth year, Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until December 21, 2013.