billy-elliot.JPGTickets on Sale February 21! Schenectady, NY - Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC bring the multi-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical to PROCTORS from Tuesday, June 4 through Sunday, June 9 at Proctors arts and entertainment complex, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. 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 around the world and was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical. TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 21! Tickets for Billy Elliot the Musical are $20, $40, $45, $55, $60 & $75/subject to change.  Tickets are available at Proctors Box Office, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305; by phone (518) 346-6204; and online at proctors.org. Group discounts are available by calling (518) 382-3884x, x139.  A 10-percent-off Military discount is available in person at Proctors box office for all Active Duty, Reserve and Guard personnel with military ID. Running time for Billy Elliot the Musical is 2 hours and 45 minutes - including one intermission. ABOUT Billy Elliot the Musical Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous 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 and his whole community and changes his life forever. Currently alternating in the title role are Ben Cook, Drew Minard, Noah Parets and Mitchell Tobin. Also featured are Janet Dickinson (Mrs. Wilkinson); Rich Hebert (Dad); Patti Perkins (Grandma); Cullen R. Titmas (Tony); Joel Blum (George); Jake Kitchin and Sam Poon (Michael); and Samantha Blaire Cutler (Debbie). Ben Brantley of the New York Times says that Billy Elliot "Sends audiences into a mass swoon!"  Time Out says it's "The most electric and passionate show in years."  The Daily News calls Billy "So exhilarating that you feel like leaping!" Liz Smith calls the show "Absolutely awesome," The New York Observer raves that Billy is "The best thing to happen to Broadway in a long while," and WOR's Dave Richardson cheers, "All I can say is WOW!" The production has been awarded 81 national and international awards including ten Tony Awards, Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle. The show is produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, associate direction by Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.  The touring production features direction by Justin Martin and choreography by Kathryn Dunn. Additional information about Billy Elliot the Musical is available at http://www.billyelliottour.com/. Billy Elliot the Musical at Proctors is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. ABOUT PROCTORS Proctors in Downtown Schenectady, NY, offers more than 1,700 events a year to close to 600,000 visitors and residents of New York State's Capital Region. Income from ticket sales pays for only 67 percent of the cost of running Proctors. As a charitable, cultural and educational non-profit organization, Proctors depends on membership, donations and grants to bring exciting shows and excellent educational and community events to the Capital Region. Cast Biographies BEN COOK (Billy). National Tour: Billy Elliot (Michael). Broadway: Billy Elliot (Tall Boy, u/s Michael); Ragtime (Little Boy). Regional: Ragtime and Golden Age, Kennedy Center; Macbeth, Folger Theatre; Heavens Are Hung in Black and A Christmas Carol, Ford's Theatre. TV: "30 Rock" (Young Jack). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Emma, Kate, Nick, CESD, Linda Townsend Mgmt. DREW MINARD (Billy) hails from Iowa. At the age of three, he followed in his brother Grant's footsteps and started dancing. He has participated in many competitions, one of the highlights being YAGP at which he won the Hope Award in NYC in 2012. He has dreamed of playing the role of Billy and would love to thank all of his friends, family and teachers for all of their support. NOAH PARETS (Billy), 13, hails from Massachusetts and started dancing at age 7. He studied ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at The Gold School, Brockton, Ma, where he danced with Project Moves Dance Company. Noah has received many accolades including American Dance Awards' Junior Male Dancer of the Year 2011. Joining Billy Elliot is a dream come true! Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Joel, Ethan, Jacob, Rennie, all my teachers, family and friends. Forever grateful! MITCHELL TOBIN (Billy), 12, is from Boca Raton, Florida. He began dancing at 3 and has since received numerous accolades and won several national titles. He is very honored for the opportunity to play Billy Elliot, his dream role. Special thanks to his teachers and friends at Performance Edge 2 and Art of Classical Ballet. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Ben, and especially Shaina for always supporting him. JANET DICKINSON (Mrs. Wilkinson) is thrilled to be playing the role of Mrs. Wilkinson in this wonderful show. This past year, she originated the roles of Courtney in "Divorce Party The Musical", and most recently,  the role of Sandy in the Off-Broadway production of "Fat Camp The Musical".  Broadway: "How The Grinch Stole Christmas". National Tours: "Grinch", "9 to 5 The Musical".  Off-Broadway: "Forbidden Broadway's Rude Awakening" cast recording and 2008 Drama Desk Award. "Happiness" at Lincoln Center, "Secrets Every Smart Traveller Should Know".  2011 NYMF Award for Best Individual Performance in "Madame X". I would like to thank my agents at Carson/Kolker.  I am proud to say that Bemidji, Minnesota is my hometown! RICH HEBERT (Dad) returns to the stage after 4 years of living the "civilian life" of a theater instructor at Bridgewater State University. Hebert was last seen as Commander Khashoggi in the Las Vegas production of We Will Rock You. Broadway and National tours include, the original Broadway companies of The Life, Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables (Bay Area Critics Award), Cats, Saturday Night Fever, and Rock and Roll the First 5000 Years. He starred as Manuel in MTC's Captains Courageous, Zoser in Elton John's Elaborate Lives in Atlanta, and Warbucks in Papermill Playhouse's Annie. TV credits include: Brotherhood, Law and Order SVU, NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, Deadline, Line of Fire, The Oldest Rookie, 21 Jump Street and numerous soap operas. Rich is a graduate of Boston University. PATTI PERKINS (Grandma). Broadway: Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, Shakespeare's Cabaret (Tony -nominated   for  best  score),  All  Over Town  (directed by Dustin Hoffman). Lincoln Center: A Man of No Importance. Off Broadway appearances include: Randy  Newman's Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong, (Astor Place), Tuscaloosa's Calling Me (Westside  Arts  and  The  Village Gate), Dr. Knock at The Mint Theatre. Regional theaters include The Guthrie, The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, GEVA, Buffalo Studio Arena, Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Ms. Perkins has appeared in many television commercials, "Law and Order" and as the serial killer's mother on "One Life to Live". CULLEN R. TITMAS (Tony) is continuing his journey with Billy Elliot after understudying this role and performing in the ensemble of the previous tour.  Cullen spent 3 years in the Natl' Tour and Off-Broadway productions of Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), and previously co-created and performed the role of Marlin in Finding Nemo, the Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  NYC/Regional favorites include John and Jen (John), AIDA (Radames), Footloose (Ren) three times, Forever Plaid (Sparky) twice, and the title role in Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins. Joel Blum (George) is a two-time Tony nominee in the best supporting actor category for the Prince/Stroman Show Boat and for Steel Pier. Other Broadway includes 42nd Street (Original cast), Music Man, A Christmas Carol, Elaine May's After the Night and the Music, and Stardust. He recently played multiple roles in 101 Dalmatians the Musical, at Madison Square Garden. Joel has toured extensively in: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Doctor Doolittle starring Tommy Tune, (which he co-choreographed with Patti Colombo), ...and the World Goes 'Round, The Debbie Reynolds show, to mention a few. He received a Barrymore award for best supporting actor in Tin Pan Alley Rag, was nominated in the same category for a Helen Hayes award for his work in Meet John Doe at the Fords theater in Washington, D C. Joel has appeared on "Law and Order" twice, "Ed", the "Sopranos", Danced on the "Sonny and Cher Show", two Bob Hope Specials, and the "Tonight Show" Starring Johnny Carson. He has co-written and stars in his one man show about Bob Hope entitled: Hope Eternal. JAKE KITCHIN (Michael, Tall Boy/Posh Boy) 10, is thrilled to make his national tour debut as Michael in Billy Elliot! Credits: Off-Off Broadway: Rumpelstiltskin (Rumpelstiltskin). Regional Theatre Highlights: Oliver Twist (Oliver!), Colin Craven (The Secret Garden), Friedrich Von Trapp (The Sound of Music). Jake is also in film, television, commercials, & voiceovers, & has performed in NYC venues including Joe's Pub & The York Theatre.  Great thanks to Mom, Dad, Emily & Kate, Nora Brennan, Amelia DeMayo, Janine Molinari, Renae Baker, RFKT, & Dave McKeown at Shirley Grant Management! jakekitchin.com SAM POON (Michael, Tall Boy/Posh Boy) National Tour of Les Miserables ( Gavroche).  Selected credits: Oliver ( Oliver) NC Theatre, Jungle Book  ( Mowgli) STAGES St.Louis, Secret Garden ( Colin) APAC, Scrooge in Concert (Tiny Tim) Northeast Tour with NY Stage Originals, 90 Years of MUNY Magic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, and Miss Saigon (Tam) at The MUNY, Brundibar( Fido) Opera Theatre of St.Louis ,Soldier Songs (Boy) Festival of Arts and Ideas, and Pan (Slightly) Project in Development. Thanks to: Nancy Carson, Bob Marks, Janine Molinari,Dirk Lumbard, and Amelia Demayo. Visit http://www.sampoononline.com/ SAMANTHA BLAIRE CUTLER (Debbie) is thrilled to tour with Billy! Favorite Regional credits: Annie (Molly), Seussical (JoJo), White Christmas (Susan Waverly), Beauty and the Beast (Chip), A Wonderful Life (ZuZu). Film: Mystery at Locust Grove (Lydia). Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, family, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Music Theater Louisville, Centerstage, Dancensation, King Voice Studios, John D'Aquino, Nora Brennan, Station Three. http://www.samanthablairecutler.com/ Production Biographies UNIVERSAL PICTURES STAGE PRODUCTIONS (UPSP) (Producer) is the live stage division of Universal Pictures, the motion picture studio which is part of NBCUniversal.  UPSP currently produces the record-breaking, cultural phenomenon Wicked, which has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide, and the critically acclaimed Billy Elliot the Musical, winner of 10 Tony Awards®.  UPSP also produces the national tour of Bring It On: The Musical and the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.   WORKING TITLE FILMS (Producer) is a producer of Billy Elliot the Musical worldwide. Co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the company has produced more than 95 feature films, won six Academy Awards and has grossed more than $5 billion at the box office worldwide. Films include: Contraband; Tinker Tailor Solider Spy; Senna; Paul; Nanny McPhee Returns; Green Zone; A Serious Man; State Of Play; The Soloist; Frost/Nixon; Billy Elliot; Burn After Reading; Atonement; Pride & Prejudice; United 93; The Interpreter; About A Boy; Notting Hill; Elizabeth; Fargo; Dead Man Walking; Bean; Four Weddings And A Funeral; Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually. Upcoming features include Les Misérables and Anna Karenina. Working Title recently announced the creation of a new television production company, WTTV. Based in LA and London, WTTV is a joint venture between NBC Universal International, Bevan and Fellner. Recent productions include adaptations of Birdsong and The Borrowers, both for BBC One.    OLD VIC PRODUCTIONS PLC (Producer) Run by Sally Greene and executive producer Joseph Smith, OVP is a producer of Billy Elliot the Musical worldwide.  OVP is an independent commercial producer that has co-produced or partnered in more than 100 productions in the West End and on Broadway, winning numerous awards, most recently: Sweeney Todd, Jerusalem, Clybourne Park, The Prisoner of Second Avenue , Three Days of Rain, and Swimming with Sharks.  OVP works in association with The Old Vic Theatre Company led by Artistic Director Kevin Spacey.  Recent productions include Noises Off (West End transfer and Old Vic), The Duchess of Malfi, The Playboy of the Western World, Cause Célèbre, A Flea in Her Ear, Design For Living, The Real Thing, Inherit the Wind, The Norman Conquests and Speed-the-Plow.  Sally is also the chief executive of The Criterion Theatre and Greene Light Films and the proprietor of the renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and three restaurants, The Cheyne Walk Brasserie, The Waterloo Bar and Grill and The Phene in Chelsea. NETworks PRESENTATIONS, LLC (Producer) Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 45 touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally. Current productions include Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot The Musical, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical and National Theatre of Great Britain's production of War Horse touring the U.S. Contact: Thom O'Connor 518-382-3884 X166 toconnor@proctors.org