Second US ballet boy for London Billy

Published February 6, 2013

Tade Biesinger will become the second boy who was born to boogie in both the West End and Broadway productions of Billy Elliot The Musical when he makes his West End debut at the Victoria Palace theatre this evening.

The 13-year-old from Bountiful in Utah, who will become the West End’s 32nd Billy Elliot after playing the role in the Broadway production in 2011, will join current Billys Harris Beattie, Harrison Dowzell, Redmand Rance and Kaine Ward in the Olivier Award-winning musical, which has now been seen by more than four million people in the West End.

Talking about taking on the role on this side of the Atlantic, Biesinger said: “When I was asked to join the cast of Billy Elliot in London I was so excited. I can’t wait to be playing Billy once again.”

Based on the Oscar nominated film of the same name, Billy Elliot The Musical, which is now in its eighth year in London, charts one boy’s journey to realise his dream of becoming a ballet dancer against the backdrop of the miners’ strikes in 1980s North East England.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with music by Elton John, the hit musical’s cast includes Gillian Bevan, Deka Walmsley, Ann Emery, Sean Kearns and Killian Donnelly, whose recent interview with Official London Theatre, in which he talks about his role as Billy’s older brother Tony, can be read here.