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'Billy Elliot the Musical' coming to town

January 11, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce NETworks Presentations will present "Billy Elliot the Musical," based on the film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 12 at the Benedum Center.

"Billy Elliot the Musical" has won 10 Tony Awards.

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.

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Ty Forhan as Billy and Patrick Wetzel as Mr. Braithwaite star in “Billy Elliot the Musical,” from Jan. 31 to Feb. 12 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh.

"Billy Elliot the Musical" features Ty Forhan, Kylend Hetherington, Zach Manske and J.P. Viernes in the role of Billy.

Also featured are Leah Hocking as Mrs. Wilkinson; Rich Hebert as Dad; Cynthia Darlow as Grandma; Cullen Titmas as Tony; Joel Blum as George; Ben Cook and Jacob Zelonky as Michael; and Samantha Blaire Cutler as Debbie.

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 by Kathryn Dunn. The show was originally produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions.

The production has been awarded 81 national and international awards including 10 Tony Awards, Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle.

Additional information about "Billy Elliot the Musical" is available at

Performance dates and times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2; 8 p.m. Feb. 3; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 4; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9; 8 p.m. Feb. 10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 11; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

Tickets are $22 to $79 and are now on sale for all performances at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, by phone at (412) 456-6666 or online at

For group ticket sales of 15 or more, call (412) 471-6930.

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