Broadway hit about boy pursuing his dreams during hard economic times comes to Alaska
Billy Elliot the Musical opens Valentine’s Day in Anchorage
Anchorage, AK – The Tony-award winning Broadway sensation Billy Elliot the Musical – the celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true – makes its Alaska debut Feb. 14-19 in the Atwood Concert Hall. Set in a small English town during the 1984 coal miner’s strike, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a passion that takes him by surprise.
The show has delighted critics (“The best musical of the decade” – Time Magazine), swept the awards (including 10 Tonys) and played to over 10 million people worldwide.
Superstar Elton John composed the music and lyrics were written by Lee Hall, who penned the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film.
“This is a story about pursuing your dream in difficult times,” said Anchorage Concert Association Executive Director Jason Hodges. “It feels like we are in difficult times. Regardless of who you are or what you believe, your dreams are valid and worthy of pursuit.”
Presented by the Anchorage Concert Association and Plan-B Entertainment, Billy Elliot the Musical in Anchorage features Billy veteran Braden King as the title character. A Junior World Dance Champion, 13-year-old King has been training in all forms of dance since he was four years old (way back in 2007).
Alaska dancers play the girls in Billy’s ballet class. Coordinated by Alaska Dance Theatre, local performers include Jayden Coulson, Emily Cross, Morgan Cruz, Fiona Witty Daugherty, Siobhan Witty Daugherty, Isabella Rogers, Daniela Rojas, and Lauren Rotante.
7 pm Monday, Feb. 6, at Williwaw, 609 F St.
In celebration of Tony-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical coming to town, Williwaw and the Anchorage Concert Association host the movie that inspired it. “Billy Elliot” is a feel-good, triumphant story of a boy who reaches beyond his place in the world to follow his heart's desire. Rated R for strong language. Free
Billy Elliot Social Services Night and Dress Rehearsal
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Atwood Concert Hall
More than 1400 people from and clients of local social services agencies attend a community dress rehearsal of Billy Elliot the Musical. Presented by the Anchorage Concert Association with support from Broadway in Anchorage series sponsor Carlile. Not open to the public but media is invited. Social services agencies that would like to be involved in future dress rehearsals may contact the Anchorage Concert Association, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 14-19, Atwood Concert Hall
Billy Elliot the Musical is the celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true despite the economic hardships of his hometown. Presented by the Anchorage Concert Association and Plan-B Entertainment. $49.25-$91.75. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Tickets available at CenterTix box office and anchorageconcerts.org.
Billy Elliot the Musical in Anchorage is supported by Carlile trucking company who brings the sets, costumes and more to Alaska.
ANCHORAGE CONCERT ASSOCIATION
The Anchorage Concert Association is the largest arts and entertainment presenter in Alaska. With a mission to entertain and inspire Alaskans through the performing arts, the Anchorage Concert Association presents internationally acclaimed artists from the entire spectrum of the performing arts. Learn more at anchorageconcerts.org.
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