Billy Elliot the Musical makes it's Northwest Arkansas Debut!

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Beth Bobbitt
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For Immediate Release

Billy Elliot the Musical makes it’s Northwest Arkansas debut!

Northwest Arkansas (November 12, 2012) – Walton Arts Center is proud to present Billy Elliot the Musical as part of the 2012-13 Broadway Series. There are eight performances beginning Tuesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 9. Tickets range from $49 to $73 and can be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Based on the international smash-hit film, and featuring music by Elton John, lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. The score, composed by Elton John, includes a variety of songs with plenty of attitude and plenty to say, from “Expressing Yourself” and “Grandma’s Song” to “Electricity.”

Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, despite the objections of his father and the ridicule of his community, a coal-mining village in Northern England. Intertwined with Billy’s journey is the unfolding of the 1984 coal miners’ strike in Great Britain.

Since opening in London in 2005, Billy Elliot the Musical has become an international phenomenon, the recipient of more than 80 national and international awards. In 2009 the show won ten Tony® Awards, including best musical, best direction of a musical, book of a musical, and choreography. Over 8 million people worldwide have seen Billy Elliot the Musical including Hilary Clinton, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and more. USA Today said “It’s impossible to not be transported by Billy’s amazing grace. Infused with irresistible heart, it makes the raw, restless exuberance of youth accessible to all.”

Billy Elliot The Musical is part of the Procter & Gamble Broadway Series. Media support provided by 40/29 News and NWA Media. Additional support provided by Tom and Cynthia Coughlin. The show is produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC. For more information on Billy Elliot the Musical visit www.billyelliottour.com.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas' premier center for the performing arts and entertainment. Each year more than 150,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend over 350 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, graduations and more. Approximately 50,000 students and teachers from 30 school districts participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and over 300 volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 50% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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