Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Elton Says Goodbye to Billy Elliot

CURTAIN calls are emotional at the best of times but never more so than at the final West End performance of Billy Elliot The Musical, which took place on Saturday night.

In a touching send-off Sir Elton John, who composed the score for the multi-award winning show, attended the production at the Palace Theatre, joining the cast on stage after the final number.

The 69-year-old superstar was accompanied by his husband David Furnish, 53, to celebrate the next stage in what he has described as one of “the most rewarding experiences of [my] entire life”.

Now that the 11-year West End run is over, the production will embark on a national tour, scheduled to continue until at least 2017.

Speaking to the musical’s company prior to the final show, Sir Elton enthused: “The talented young performers who have become part of our Billy Elliot family have amazed me.”

In just over a decade the musical (which was launched into the West End in 2005 after Sir Elton and the cast were invited to perform at the 2004 Royal Variety Show) has delivered 4,600 performances, won four Olivier awards and played to audiences of 5.25 million-plus.

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- Express

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