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Billy Elliot the Musical at Ruth Eckerd Hall
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The multi-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical to Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2 and 8 p.m.
CLEARWATER - Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations LLC bring the multi-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical to Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2 and 8 p.m.

Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim around the world and was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.

In addition to the Tony Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical received the award for Best Direction of a Musical (Stephen Daldry); Best Book of a Musical (Lee Hall); Best Choreography (Peter Darling); Best Orchestrations (Martin Koch); Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Ian MacNeil); Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Rick Fisher); Best Sound Design of a Musical (Paul Arditti); Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish); Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Gregory Jbara).

The production has been awarded 81 national and international awards including ten Tony Awards, Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk Awards, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times says that Billy Elliot “Sends audiences into a mass swoon!” Time Out says it’s “The most electric and passionate show in years.” The Daily News calls Billy “So exhilarating that you feel like leaping!” Liz Smith calls the show “Absolutely awesome,” The New York Observer raves that Billy is “The best thing to happen to Broadway in a long while,” and WOR’s Dave Richardson cheers, “All I can say is WOW!”

The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, associate direction by Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch. Touring production direction is by Justin Martin and choreography is by Kathryn Dunn.

Reserved tickets priced at $70, $60 and $50 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com.

In addition, a pre-show buffet meal is also available as a separate purchase. For more information and to make a reservation, please call the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.
Article published on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
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