Billy Elliot's dance teacher is coming to New York.
Haydn Gwynne, who originated the role of Mrs. Wilkinson in the London production of "Billy Elliot the Musical," will make her Broadway debut in the hit show opening Nov. 13 at the Imperial Theatre.
Also in the cast are Gregory Jbara as Billy's father, Carole Shelley as his grandmother, Leah Hocking as his mother and Santino Fontana as his older brother, the musical's producers announced Tuesday. Three young performers _ David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish _ will alternate in the role of Billy.
The $18 million musical, which has music by Elton John, and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, opens Nov. 13 at the Imperial Theatre, with preview performances beginning Oct. 1. The director is Stephen Daldry.
"Billy Elliot" is based on the successful 2000 movie about a young boy who longs to dance but lives in the bleak coal-mining area of Northern England. His story is set against the backdrop of a bitter miners' strike.