“BILLY ELLIOT” – Leaps into the Orpheum June 27th

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Sean Martinfield
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Billy Elliot the Musical begins performances on June 27 at the Orpheum Theatre (1192 Market Street at 8th). This multi-award winning smash hit musical concludes the 2010-2011 SHN Broadway series under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays.  Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim on Broadway including 10 Tony Awards. Casting for the San Francisco engagement features Tony Award-winner Faith Prince starring as “Mrs. Wilkinson” along with five boys Ethan Fuller, Kylend Hetherington, Lex Ishimoto, Daniel Russell and J.P. Viernes alternating the role of “Billy.” Also featured are Rich Hebert (Dad); Patti Perkins (Grandma); Jeff Kready (Tony); Joel Blum (George); Griffin Birney and Jacob Zelonky (Michael); and Rachel Mracna (Debbie).

Billy Elliot the Musical is a joyful celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family, his whole community and changes his life forever.
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MEET BILLY – All 5 of them:

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Faith Prince, Daniel Russell, and the ballet girls

Photo, Kyle Froman

DANIEL RUSSELL – 15, is from New South Wales. He performed the role of “Billy” in Melbourne, Australia. Russell has played the title role in Oliver, “Little Jake” in Annie Get Your Gun, and has appeared in Joseph and Alice in Wonderland. He was awarded 2nd place for the Isobel Anderson Awards for Intermediate Foundation Classical Ballet (RAD) and has won numerous prizes and scholarships with tap, ballet and modern dance in Eisteddfods. Russell also starred in the music video World Keeps Turning by Jetty Road.

KYLEND HETHERINGTON – 13, hails from Auburn, Michigan. He most recently played “Michael” and “Tall Boy” in the Broadway production. Later has studied ballet with Giuseppe Canale and Scott Heinrich and tap with Bruce Bradley. In 2009, he participated in the ABT Young Dancer Summer Workshop under full scholarship. 

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Kylend Hertherington. Photo, Kyle Froman

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Lex Ishimoto and Maximilien A. Baud
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LEX ISHIMOTO – 13, is from Irvine, California. He has performed in many nationally ranked dance competitions both solo as part of his street dance hip-hop group Kreative Movement. His specialties are hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance. He has studied at the West Coast School of the Arts in Costa Mesa. Ishimoto was named Mr. Showbiz (California West Coast), national rank of top 10 Showstoppers, with his group winning first overall. He is the recipient of many dance scholarships.

J.P. VIERNES – 15, a native of the Bay Area is from Half Moon Bay, CA. National Tour: Billy Elliot (Chicago/Toronto). Regional: South Pacific (Coastal Rep). JP began dancing at age seven with Shely Pack Dancers and danced two years with City Ballet SF. Recipient: CHRP JUBA award for Billy Elliot.

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J.P. Viernes. Photo, Joan Marcus

ETHAN FULLER – 13, is from Indialantic, FL. Longtime student of New Dimensions Dance, he is trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary. Awards: Showbiz Talent, Youth America Grand Prix; youngest dancer in Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s summer intensive under directors Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden. Studies with Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet.

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