Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Billy Elliot Heading to Dallas TX
Young boys will be donning ballet slippers and flying through the air at the Winspear Opera House next season as Billy Elliot The Musical headlines the 2010-11 Lexus Broadway Season, announced today.
The British extravaganza about a British blue-collar kid who wants to dance cleaned up at last year's Tony Awards, winning in 10 categories. Director Stephen Daldry and writer Lee Hall adapted their film for the stage, and Elton John provided the score.
For its special, nonsubscription holiday show, the Lexus series will present Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Dec. 7-12.
This musical adaptation was a seasonal hit on Broadway in 2007 and 2008.Rock of Ages, which has been running on Broadway for a year, uses songs by such 1980s groups as Journey, Styx and Twisted Sisterto tell a story about a romance between a small-town girl and a big-city rocker. Young Frankenstein was Mel Brooks' 2007 follow-up to The Producers but only ran for 485 performances on the Great White Way.
It's not really much of a surprise that Billy Elliot will be in the Lexus series at the Winspear rather than the rival Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park Music Hall, because one of the Tony-winning boys who play the title role appeared in Winspear's inaugural Broadway gala in October.
The one mystery in both the Lexus and Summer Musicals seasons is why the 2008 Tony winner for best musical, In the Heights, isn't playing either series, although both Houston and Austin will see it next month.