Thursday, December 13, 2007

Elton's Billy Elliot Inspriration

SIR Elton John says he was inspired to write the music for Billy Elliot because he felt a connection with the young boy who dreamed of being a star.

Elton and partner David Furnish greeted fans at the red carpet premiere of the musical at Sydney's Capitol Theatre tonight.

The 60-year-old Rocket Man singer said he had always loved the story of the northern England miner's son who dreamed fo being a dancer despite his father's disapproval.

"When I saw the film, it really got to me," Elton said.

"I felt a connection with Billy."

Elton said he, too, had difficulty getting his father to accept his career choice.

"I had a struggle with my dad," he said.

"My mum was very supportive but my dad wasn't really ... so I was very ambitious wanting to prove it to him."

The musical, which opened in London in May 2005, has broken UK box office records and is still playing to capacity houses at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

The Australian production introduces four young stars in the making – Lochlan Denholm, Rhys Kosakowski, Rarmian Newton and Nick Twiney – who alternate in the role of Billy.

Elton was full of praise for the four boys.

"I met them in London, they had already got the part," he said.

"I didn't have to tell them anything, I just gave them encouragement."

Elton said he hoped the young cast would be recognised with awards like their UK counterparts.

"Hopefully if there are similar awards here, these boys will win one," he said.

Elton, who is currently on tour in Australia, said he was having a great time.

"We adore it," he said.

"I have caught up with a lot of people I haven't seen in a long time so it's been really wonderful."

One of those people was actress Miriam Margolyes, who he greeted on the red carpet tonight.

Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch, Anthony Lapaglia, Gia Carides, Nikki Webster, Toni Collette and Matthew Newton also turned out for the premiere.

There are also plans in progress to take the Billy Elliot Musical to Korea and Japan.

Australia's PNAU have a new fan. Sir Elton John has been telling his friends about his new-found discovery.

Sir Elton's record label Universal is reporting that the superstar has been buying up copies of PNAU's 'PNAU' and passing them onto friends.

This week, he invited the duo, Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes to tea at his hotel. He has offered to help with support in anyway he can around the world.

The PNAU self-titled release is the third album for the duo.

PNAU will perform at the Big Day Out in January.

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