Celebrating 7 Years of Billy Elliot The Musical in the West End
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May 30th marked the 3000th performance of Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre which happened to coincide with the 7th anniversary of the west end musical too. A special gala performance marked the occasion and attracted many celebrity fans – including Sir Elton John, to celebrate the show’s massive achievement.
John, who famously composed the music for the musical, has been suffering with pneumonia resulting in him cancelling three shows in his Las Vegas tour. However he was seen enjoying the evening at the Victoria Palace and BBC reported him saying, “I shouldn’t really be here because I’m recovering from a bout of pneumonia,” and that he “didn’t want to miss this for anything.”
It is clear Sir Elton is very proud of what Billy Elliot has achieved in it’s 7 year history – and so he should be! The musical based on the 2000 film directed by Stephen Daldry opened in 2005 and has since won four Olivier awards, including ‘Best New Musical’.
The gala performance incorporated the celebration of everything British, a popular theme in 2012! The director, Stephen Daldry and writer Lee Hall were joined in the audience by two Olympic medalists – Dame Kelly Holmes and James Cracknell. Daldry explained how the gala was a joint celebration for him saying, “London’s very much our home and we really wanted to celebrate the best of British as well as this extraordinary landmark in the history of Billy Elliot.”
The Broadway production of Billy Elliot The Musical closed earlier this year with over 1.5 billion people thought to have seen it. Thankfully, here in London it seems there is no sign of it disappearing from the West End, with bookings being taken until December 2013!