The hit musical “Billy Elliot” is coming to Hamburg’s Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt next summer, a press release said Friday (November 25th). The German premiere of the English-language West End musical will be staged between June 28-July 23, 2017. Over 11 million people on five continents have already seen the show, which has won over 83 accolades.
From boxing ring to ballet
Maik Klokow, managing shareholder and producer at Mehr! Entertainment, said: “It’s about time this special production was made accessible to a wide audience in Germany as well. The show is a must for all music fans, dance and theatre lovers.” The musical is based on the same-named hit movie, directed by Stephen Daldry, set against the backdrop of a long-drawn-out, hard-fought miners strike (1984-1985) in northern England in the Thatcher era. Billy dances, dances and dances and eventually overcomes all kinds of obstacles to go from a small time, village boxing ring to the Royal Ballet School in London paving the way for his career as a ballet dancer.
Music by Elton John
Since it was first performed in March 2005 in London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, Billy Elliot has taken people all the over world by storm. The story has been adapted for the stage by director Stephen Daldry, Lee Hall (book and lyrics) and Peter Darling (choreographer) who were also behind the same-named movie. Elton John composed the music.
Billy Elliot – The Musical has already been staged on London’s West End, Broadway, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto, Seoul, South Korea and in the Netherlands. The North America tour, begun in 2010, ended with a performance in Latin America – in Brazil’s São Paulo three years later in August 2013. More international productions including one in Japan are planned for 2017. The show is currently touring Britain.
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