Finding Billy Elliot on WXXI-TV/HD

Finding Billy Elliot on WXXI-TV/HD

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 9:30pm - 11:00pm

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the nationwide search for the three actors who play the lead role in Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway. 

Finding Billy Elliot, airing Wednesday, June 1 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), offers viewers an exclusive look at how David, Trent and Kiril were chosen to play Billy Elliot after a year-long national talent search that drew thousands of hopefuls from all over the country. Auditions were held in cities across the country and all three of the Broadway Billy, along with twelve other finalists, underwent a grueling ten day callback last summer in New York City during which director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling worked with them extensively.

The role of Billy Elliot is unlike any other in the history of musical theatre, requiring a remarkable range of talents: ballet, tap, street dance, singing, acting, dialect and gymnastics. Further, the role is the largest child's role in musical theatre and one of the largest roles of any age. The young actor playing it is on-stage for 2 ½ hours performing six musical numbers; it is the role's sheer size and the stamina required that necessitates this unique triple-casting.

During the broadcast you'll learn more about Billy Elliot the Musical, coming to the Auditorium Theatre in November, and how you can get tickets. To read more about the musical, click here.