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Billy Elliot tops the UK box office (but not that version)

Denzel Washington scores a big opening for The Equalizer - but Billy Elliot has gone one better...

The growing phenomena of event cinema took another step forward over the weekend, as a special performance of Billy Elliot The Musical was broadcast live to cinemas (both in the UK and abroad) from the stage of the Palace Theatre in London.

Reuniting the three people who originated the role of Billy Elliot on the stage - Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire - amongst a cast of past Billys, what's of particular note is just how much business the performance did in cinemas. For early figures suggest that Billy Elliot The Musical Live topped the UK box office over the weekend, with a take of £1.9m. Second placed The Equalizer grossed £1.89m.

Billy Elliot has thus enjoyed the biggest opening for any event cinema presentation thus far (beating even Doctor Who
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Bww TV: Billys Unite! 25 Former Stars Return to West End Billy Elliot Broadcast - Watch Highlights!

This weekend saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. At a unique performance, broadcast live to eight countries from the show's West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, all three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - took part in the spectacular finale. Two special screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical Live also took place at the historic Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners' Institute, one of the settings for Billy's inspiring story. Check out highlights from the special event below
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Billy Elliot The Musical Live Broadcast Tops UK Box Office; Encore Screenings Set

This weekend saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. This unique performance was broadcast live to eight countries from the show's West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre. All three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - took part in a spectacular finale as the broadcast, the widest ever cinema release of a live event, hit number one at the UK box office.
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Billy Elliot the Musical to get encore screenings of special performance

Billy Elliot the Musical to get encore screenings of special performance
Billy Elliot the Musical has been scheduled for further encore screenings, following the success of this weekend's mash-up performance.

The special performance saw all three original Billy Elliot actors - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - taking part in a finale dance. The performance, which took place at the musical's West End home of the Victoria Palace Theatre, was broadcast live to eight countries.

Two screenings also took place at the Easington Social Welfare Centre (formerly the Easington Colliery Miners Institute), which was one of the settings for the story.

Billy Elliot: The Musical will now be screened to a further nine countries across four continents, with encore screenings taking place in 350 cinemas across the UK on October 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The musical will be available on DVD and blu-ray on November 24.

The performance featured stars including Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Chris Grahamson and Ann Emery. It also starred a
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Photo Coverage Special: 25 Billy Elliots Unite in Special Finale of Billy Elliot The Musical for Live Taping!

This weekend saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. At a unique performance, broadcast live to eight countries from the show's West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, all three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - took part in the spectacular finale. Two special screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical Live also took place at the historic Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners' Institute, one of the settings for Billy's inspiring story.
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Twenty-Seven Billy Elliots to Take the Stage in Billy Elliot Musical Live Special Mash-Up Finale on 9/28

Twenty-seven former and current Billy Elliots will unite on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale onSunday 28 September when Billy Elliot the Musical is broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the world. All three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - will take part in the spectacular finale. In addition, as previously announced, Liam Mower will play the role of Older Billy at this performance.
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Billy Elliot actors to unite on stage for special cinema performance

Billy Elliot actors to unite on stage for special cinema performance
A total of 27 former and current Billy Elliots will unite on stage for a special performance of Billy Elliot the Musical later this month.

The specially choreographed finale will be included in the show on Sunday, September 28, when the musical is broadcast live to cinemas in the UK and around the world.

All three original Billy Elliot actors, James Lomas, 24, George Maguire, 23, and Liam Mower, 22, will return to the production for one night only.

Director Stephen Daldry said: "We are thrilled to welcome so many of our former Billys back to the Victoria Palace Theatre for this very special performance.

"We've been delighted to see them flourish as performers since their time in the show and it will be wonderful to bring them together again for this unique event."

The musical adaptation of the 2000 film has won 80 theatre awards since debuting at London's Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005.

Productions of Billy Elliot
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Liam Mower to Make Special Appearance in Billy Elliot for Live Stream Broadcast, Sept. 28

On Sunday 28 September, Liam Mower will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical for a special performance to be broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Mower, who will play the role of Older Billy, originated the role of Billy Elliot in 2005 along with George Maguire and James Lomas, and was the first boy ever to play the role on stage.
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Original 'Billy' Liam Mower to Return for Billy Elliot Live This Fall

According to the Daily Mail, the original Billy Elliot -- Liam Mower -- is returning to the musical for one night only as part of its Billy Elliot Live special performance on September 28. The event will be broadcast in UK cinemas, live from the Victoria Palace Theatre. Mower, now 22, will play the grown-up Billy in the musical's fantasy sequence featuring young Billy dancing with his older self.
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‘Edward Scissorhands’ Will Tour The UK In 2014 & 2015!

We’ve just received word that the stage production of Edward Scissorhands will tour the UK in late 2014 and early 2015. The production, which originally debuted in 2005, is devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. It will play in various venues across the land starting in November, before returning to Sadler’s Wells for a six week season this Christmas from Tuesday 2 December 2014 – Sunday 11 January 2015.

Based on the classic Tim Burton film and featuring the beautiful and unforgettable music by Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this touching love story tells the bittersweet story of a boy created by a lonely inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his appearance to the innocence and gentleness within.

The iconic title role will be played by two popular New Adventures stars,
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Christmas crackers: the best shows (plus top ways to escape the tinsel)

  • The Guardian - Film News
From the Nutcracker to American Psycho, from Mary Poppins to Kurt Vile, our critics pick their must-sees of the festive season

If you wish it could be Christmas every day

Nutcrackers, various

You know it's Christmas in the ballet world by the number of Nutcrackers touring the world's stages. In the UK alone, there are close to a dozen doing the rounds, but the top three remain the Royal Ballet's exquisitely traditional version, the sparky family friendly production by Birmingham Royal Ballet, and English National Ballet's – with the best snow scene of them all. Royal Opera House, London (020-7304 4000), 4 December to 16 January; Birmingham Hippodrome (0844 338 5000), to 12 December; London Coliseum (020-7845 9300), 11 December to 5 January.

Father Christmas

Does Father Christmas use the loo? Does he secretly long for summer? Does he have strong views on the size of chimneys? You bet he does. Raymond Briggs's gorgeous picture book gets a heartwarming makeover for under-sixes.
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Christmas crackers: the best shows (plus top ways to escape the tinsel)

  • The Guardian - TV News
From the Nutcracker to American Psycho, from Mary Poppins to Kurt Vile, our critics pick their must-sees of the festive season

If you wish it could be Christmas every day

Nutcrackers, various

You know it's Christmas in the ballet world by the number of Nutcrackers touring the world's stages. In the UK alone, there are close to a dozen doing the rounds, but the top three remain the Royal Ballet's exquisitely traditional version, the sparky family friendly production by Birmingham Royal Ballet, and English National Ballet's – with the best snow scene of them all. Royal Opera House, London (020-7304 4000), 4 December to 16 January; Birmingham Hippodrome (0844 338 5000), to 12 December; London Coliseum (020-7845 9300), 11 December to 5 January.

Father Christmas

Does Father Christmas use the loo? Does he secretly long for summer? Does he have strong views on the size of chimneys? You bet he does. Raymond Briggs's gorgeous picture book gets a heartwarming makeover for under-sixes.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

More Great Stocking Stuffers

'Billy Elliot,' Original London Cast, Decca BroadwayAfter a three-year wait, the London hit has reached New York and looks to repeat its effervescent success on Broadway. There will be no local cast recording, as the West End version is considered completely representative. Haydn Gwynne, imported for the New York production, is heard here, but the Billy — one of the initial three — is Liam Mower. The group number "Solidarity" is solid; so is "Expressing Yourself." The common wisdom has it that composer Elton John (Lee Hall is the lyricist) writes better when rocking, but he upends that canard on a bonus CD by turning "Electricity" into a superlative show tune.'The Gig,' Original York Theatre Company Cast, Jay RecordsThe musical comedy gods finally smile on Douglas J. Cohen's adaptation of Frank D. Gilroy's film tribute to male bonding and middle-age crises. This long-overdue recording is another step in establishing the tuner,
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'Elliot' and its 3 stars win Oliviers

LONDON -- Billy Elliot -- The Musical, the hit stage version of Working Title's BAFTA-winning 2000 movie, written by Elton John and Lee Hall, was named best new musical Sunday at the Laurence Olivier Awards. The three young stars who shared the title role of Billy Elliot, the kid from a northern mining town who dreams of becoming a dancer, were named jointly as best actor in a musical in the U.K.'s top theatrical awards, beating Ewan McGregor and Douglas Hodge, both nominated for Guys and Dolls. James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower, who were 14, 13 and 12, respectively, when they were cast in the show in late 2004, became the youngest performers to win the best actor trophy as well being the first to share the award. The show's Peter Darling won as best choreographer and Paul Arditti as best sound designer.

'Elliot' tuner leads Olivier noms with 9

'Elliot' tuner leads Olivier noms with 9
LONDON -- Elton John and Lee Hall's Billy Elliot -- The Musical led the way with nine nominations, including one for best new musical, as nominees for the U.K.'s 30th annual Laurence Olivier Awards were announced Wednesday. The three boys who took turns playing the title role in the show won a combined nomination as best actor in a musical. James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower, who because of their youth had to rotate as the northern lad with dancing feet, will compete against Ewan McGregor and Douglas Hodge from Guys and Dolls, which snagged eight nominations. Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling join writer Hall and composer John in the running for Britain's top theatrical awards. Daldry and Hall created the 2000 film on which the stage show is based. It was named best British film at the BAFTA film awards, with Jamie Bell winning as best actor in the title role and Julie Walters winning as best actress in the part of his teacher.

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