Meet Billy Elliot: North American Tour
The US/CanadianTour of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) was dubbed US National Tour 2 and kicked off at the Durham (NC) Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on October 30, 2010. The tour featured stops of a few days to 4 weeks (most stops were one week) in various cities around the United States and Canada. Originally planned to last for a minimum of three years, the tour played 64 cities in the United States and Canada and, after a five week layoff, finished up with a visit to Sao Paulo, Brazil from August 2-18, 2013 where it played its final performances (see a link to the full tour itinerary at the end of this article).
A hiatus for the original tour took place from August 22 to Oct. 31, 2011 during which some changes to the script and set were made and several cast changes took place. The production then re-opened as North American Tour 2.5 on November 1, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. All told, The Tour performed the show 886 times, with the revised 2.5 version representing 577 of those performances.
As in all productions of this popular musical, a large part of the success of this version of the show was dependent upon the boys in the title role. Their talent dominated the show, as they were on stage for all but a couple of scenes for the show’s two hour and 50 minute duration.
There were 13 boys who played the title role in the tour production of BETM. One of them, Giuseppe Bausilio, didn’t finish his run as Billy with the tour. Giuseppe was one of the tour’s originating Billys, having previously been one of the originating Billys for the Chicago production of the show. Finally, as one of the few actors who played Billy in three different productions of the show, Giuseppe finished his BETM career on Broadway. Therefore, his profile is not included here, but can be found with the Broadway Billy profiles by clicking here.
This article contains profiles of the young actors who played the role of Billy on Tour. Click on this icon to see a list of them with their Tour performance dates:
Note: To see captions for the pictures in this article, just move your cursor over the picture.
The Profiles Index
The profiles of those who finished their performance careers as Billy on the North American Tour can be found in this article as listed in the following index. The index is in alphabetical order by last name of each actor. To view a profile (bio) of a particular Billy, click on his name:
|Ben Cook||Michael Dameski||Ty Forhan||Ethan Fuller|
|Kylend Hetherington||Lex Ishimoto||Zach Manske||Drew Minard|
|Noah Parets||Daniel Russell||Mitchell Tobin||J.P. Viernes|
Note: For those interested in profiles of actors who played Billy in other productions of the show, they can be found on this site by clicking on the following production location:
Here’s one of the first publicity pictures of the five boys who would kick off the North American Tour (2.0) in Durham, NC on October 30, 2010.
It’s November 3, 2010 and, after four nights of previews, it’s Opening Night of the Tour followed by an after party for the cast/crew. Here, Director Stephen Daldry joins the five original tour Billys for a picture:
In Houston, on March 12, 2011, former president George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush viewed the show and visited with the cast backstage afterward.
Credit: Photo by Billy Elliot Broadway and National Tour Facebook Group
The Tour Visits San Francisco – June 27 to August 21, 2011
During the week before the Tour opened for what would be the longest stay of any stop on the itinerary (8 weeks) in San Francisco, the then five Billys spent the week promoting the show.
Credit: Two Photos Above by SHN: Broadway in San Francisco
Here the Billys show off their singing voices with their excellent rendition of the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game on the Friday night before the show opened in SF:
Credit: Video by pikapikax
In July of 2012, Tour Billys (Noah Parets and Ben Cook), ably assisted by Cameron Clifford and five of the Ballet Girls, sing the National Anthem at a Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Cardinals game at Miller Park Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Credit: Photo by the Marcus Performing Arts Center
Sao Paulo, Brazil – August 2-18, 2013
After almost three years, and after completing the North American segment of the Tour, the cast/crew traveled to Brazil for a three week engagement that closed the Tour. Here’s the venue:
A final picture of the Tour cast and crew, taken on the set in Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo.
Editor’s Note: Here is an excellent documentary about the creation of this tour. It was produced by TV Channel 11, the ABC outlet in Durham, NC (where the tour kicked off in October of 2010). The video is in three parts.
Credit: Videos by Billyfan2849
Tags: Ben Cook, Billy Elliot the Musical North American Tour, Daniel Russell, Drew Minard, Ethan Fuller, J.P. Viernes, Kylend Hetherington, Lex Ishimoto, Michael Dameski, Mitchell Tobin, Noah Parets, Ty Forhan, Zach Manske