BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for BILLY ELLIOT's Opening Night at the Pantages Theatre!
The U.S. National Tour of the 2009 Tony Award winning musical BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL officially opened in Los Angeles April 12, 2012 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a limited 5 week engagement through May 13.
The opening was part of Broadway LA’s current 2012 season and Broadway World TV’s Los Angeles correspondents and co-producers Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans of JLE Media, Inc. were on hand for the red carpet festivities which drew a diverse group of Hollywood stars including Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Chelsea Hightower and Anna Trebunsaya from Dancing with the Stars, Eric Roberts, Andie MacDowell, Cloris Leachman, Connie Stevens, Tony Award winner Robert Morse, Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, Kate Linder of the Young and the Restless, Jo Anne Worley, Jai Rodriquez, Nancy Dussault, Bruce Vilanch, Melissa Manchester, Olympic Champion Greg Louganis and more!
Based on the international smash-hit film, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL features 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.
Currently alternating in the title role are Ty Forhan, Kylend Hetherington, Zach Manske and J.P. Viernes. Ty Forhan portrayed Billy Elliot at the Los Angeles premiere. Also featured were Leah Hocking (Mrs. Wilkinson); Rich Hebert (Dad); Patti Perkins (Grandma); Cullen Titmas (Tony); Joel Blum (George); Cameron Clifford and Jacob Zelonky (Michael); and Samantha Blaire Cutler (Debbie).
Rounding out the company were Madison Barnes, Michael Biren, Damien Brett, Sasha Ely-Judkins, Tim Funnell, Richard Gatta, Susan Haefner, Regan Mason Haley, Christopher M. Howard, Alison Levenberg, Kent M. Lewis, David Light, Patrick Lavallee, Rebecca Marlowe, Morgan Martin, Joel Newsome, Jeffrey Pew, Matthew Prescott, Jillian Rees-Brown, Vanessa Russo, Brionna Trilling, Genai Veal, Lexi Viernes, Olivia Wang, Thad Turner Wilson, Natalie Wisdom, Danielle Victoria Znuatas and Jeremy Zorek.
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MICHAEL STERLING is a successful entrepreneur of public relations and stage productions. Throughout the years, he has represented such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Lance Armstrong, Scott Hamilton, Robert Goulet, Joan Collins, George Harrison, the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Donny and Marie Osmond and the Osmond Brothers, and Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. He has also represented numerous theatre productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Andy Gibb on Broadway, the 30th Anniversary U.S. National Tour of The Fantasticks starring Robert Goulet, Broadway on Ice starring Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill, Concert on Ice starring Dorothy Hamill, and Festival on Ice starring Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner. In 2006, Sterling opened the award-winning cabaret Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA dedicated to presenting the best of Broadway musical theatre performers in concert. The popular supper club is the most award-winning critically acclaimed such venue in the greater Los Angeles area. In October, 2009, Mr. Sterling created an alliance with Broadway World.com TV to co-produce and co-host television packages about select Los Angeles theatre. In May, 2010, he co-created the State of the Arts radio series for broadcast by LA Talk Radio.com, one of the world wide web's most successful and innovative radio sites. Presented by Breakdown Services, State of the Arts has become a popular weekly series co-produced and co-hosted by Mr. Sterling and actor Paul Stroili. www.msapr.net|
JERRY EVANS has worked as a dancer, choreographer and director for over 28 years. The beginning of his career was highlighted by dancing in a Mikhail Baryshnikov television special. Today, Mr. Evans can now proudly boast of having worked with every major awards show, with every television network, and in every medium in which a dancer can work. With a successful professional dance career as his foundation, Evans then launched a stunning career in choreography that has been more than two decades in the making. Having choreographed numerous consecutive world tours for such artists as Reba McIntyre, Paula Abdul, and Chayenne, Evans has earned industry wide. With more than 20 feature films, 15 music videos, and 50 commercials to his choreography credentials, Jerry's reputation as the "commercial king" precedes him throughout the entertainment industry. In recognition of his achievements and contributions in dance, choreography, and production, Jerry has been honored with numerous, major industry and peer awards alike. In more recent years, Mr. Evans assembled a comprehensive knowledge of film and television camera directing based on his years of choreography experience. Whether on a set that requires single or multiple camera direction, Jerry is known for bringing his wealth of experience in film, television (both commercial and episodic), music videos, and live stage to any production. He is also the founder of JLE Media Group Inc. which specializes in hi-definition video production from conception to post-production. www.jlemediagroup.com
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