Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Curve Leicester's Billy Elliot the Musical? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Curve Leicester's Billy Elliot the Musical?

Nikolai Foster directs the production starring Sally-Ann Triplett, Joe Caffrey, Luke Baker, and more.

Sally Ann Triplett, Joe Caffrey, and Luke Baker

Reviews are in for the Made at Curve production of the Tony-winning Billy Elliot the Musical, which opened at the Leicester venue and now plays through August 20.

Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (A Chorus Line, Sunset Boulevard–At Home) directs the limited engagement, which stars Alfie Napolitano and Samuel Newby sharing the title role, as well as Bobby Donald, Lucas Haywood, Ethan Shimwell, and Prem Masani, all sharing the role of Billy's best friend Michael.

Read the reviews here.

Leicester Times (Louise Steel)

London Theatre 1 (Chris Omaweng)

The Reviews Hub (Selwyn Knight)

The Stage (Dave Fargnoli)

The Telegraph (Holly Williams)

The Times (Dominic Maxwell)

West End Best Friend (Laura Lott)

Whats On Stage (Phil Lowe)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The cast also includes Sally Ann Triplett (Anything Goes, Follies), Pearl Ball, Caitlin Cole, Lola Johnstone, Ellie Copping, Joe Caffrey (Billy Elliot the Musical in the West End), Rachel Izen (Mary Poppins), Luke Baker (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), and Jessica Daley (White Christmas).

The adult company is completed by Craig Armstrong, Minal Patel, Cameron Johnson, Micky Cochrane, Robin Paley Yorke, Christopher Wright, Michael Lin, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Tori McDougall, Louie Wood, Steph Asamoah, and Anna Rossa.

The young company also includes Willow Adamson, Maddie Seren Ashley, Oliver Back, Aneeka Kaur Bains, Ella-Rose Blackburn Price, Harvey Clarridge, Lily Corkill, Miley Dalton, Matisse Didier, Isabelle Francis, Ethan Galeotti, Rahul Gandabhai, Isla Granville, Uzziah Gray, Orlaith Rae Hunt, Ava Rose Johnson, Ava Mia Komisarczuk, Kyrelle Lammy, Lienna-Jean Langdon, Tahlia Maddox, Lorcan Murphy, Nesisa Mhindu, Hayden Polanco, Sophie Pirie, Gopal Thacker, and Mirabelle Varakantam.

Based on Stephen Daldry’s BAFTA-winning 2000 film starring Jamie Bell and Julie Walters, Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall. The musical opened at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005 and went on to win a host of awards, including four Oliviers and ten 2009 Tonys.

Billy Elliot the Musical is choreographed by Lucy Hind, with musical supervision and musical direction by George Dyer, set design by Michael Taylor, costume design by Edd Lindley, lighting design by Curve Associate Ben Cracknell, sound design by Adam Fisher, props supervision by Lizzie Frankl, RYTDS resident assistant direction by Lilac Yosiphon, Birkbeck trainee direction by Thyrza Abrahams, associate choreography by James Berkery, dialect coaching by Elspeth Morrison, and fight direction by Kev McCurdy with Helen ‘H’ Mclaren-Frost as the head chaperone.

Children’s casting is managed by Jo Hawes, with adult casting by Curve Associate Kay Magson.



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