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Billy Elliot Continues in the West End, Closes on Broadway

Wednesday, 5th Oct 2011  

The New York Version of the Hit Musical is Closing After Three Years this January

It is only two days since it was revealed that The National Theatre’s “One Man, Two Guvnors” would be transferring to Broadway following is appearance at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre but today brings news of the opposite happening to another British show. Billy Elliot the Musical, which appears in the West End at The Victoria Palace Theatre, will be closing on Broadway this January three years after the UK hit transferred across the Atlantic.

The show has been a successful one in New York, particularly in the early days of its run but according to BBC News this has changed as time has gone on and it has been increasingly difficult to keep the show going. Attendance has been down and in August this was worsened by the arrival Tropical Storm Irene, which saw theatre receipts plummet. The BBC cites Variety as pointing out that additional costs are associated with the show due to the rotating younger cast as well. So despite the show being early hit with audiences – and earning Tony Awards along the way – “Billy Elliot the Musical” will no longer have a presence on Broadway in 2012.

However, that is not to say that British hits are failing on Broadway and in addition to the National announcing a New York version of “One Man, Two Guvnors”, their production of “War Horse” continues to draw in the crowds both at the West End’s New London theatre and New York’s Lincoln Center. The popularity of “War Horse” is set to grow as well, with Steven Spielberg releasing his movie adaptation of the book and play this December – something that will surely increase word-of-mouth for the acclaimed play.

“Billy Elliot the Musical” already has a movie version (though there were rumours many years ago about a new movie adaptation of the musical version) and it was from that film’s script that the West End version’s story was pieced together, telling the story of a miner’s boy growing up with ambitions of being a ballet dancer in 1980s North East England.

It continues on Broadway until January 2012, whilst the West End version continues at the Victoria Palace Theatre and is booking until Saturday 15 December 2012.

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