Adam Vesperman is the Latest to Join Billy Elliot
Joins Ryan Collinson, Scott McKenzie and Others as alternate Billy from this Week
There has been a wealth of casting updates in recent weeks, from Lee Boardman’s casting in “Cool Hand Luke” to the more recent revelation that Karen Gillan will be appearing at the Donmar Warehouse. However, the latest casting news to emerge in the West End concerns the title character in the ever-popular show “Billy Elliot the Musical”. It means that London theatre audiences are introduced to a new young star as 13-year-old Adam Versperman adds his vocals and performing talent to the mix. He is the latest young performer to alternate the role of Billy in the production, which has been running at The Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005.
Vesperman will be making his West End debut with the production, hailing from Seattle in the United States where he has been performing since an early age. With an early start in the world of dance he has since taken on a range of different styles over the years to make him a worthy addition to the cast members. He joins Ryan Collinson, Scott McKenzie, Josh Baker and Dean Charles-Chapman as those alternating in the title role. All of the cast range from the ages of 12 to 13 years.
“Billy Elliot the Musical” is, of course, the musical adaptation of the movie of the same name, which focuses on a boy called Billy in 1984. With the 1980s miner’s strikes acting as a backdrop we meet Billy as he happens upon a new passion – ballet – a passion that is at odds with his father and brothers. But despite excelling in the area he is still afraid to reveal the truth and we witness him overcome the odds and try for a place at the Royal Ballet School.
Lee Hall is one of the writers of the show – having previously penned the movie version – and the music comes to us via Elton John. Hall is a well known writer and his production of “The Pitman Painters” is set for a return to London this year, demonstrating the demand for his work
Adam Vesperman stepped into the role of Billy Elliot on Monday 25th July 2011. The production is currently booking to Saturday 15 December 2012.