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Elton John World News: ''Billy Elliot'' Branches Out Down Under

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Monday 2 June 2008 @ 16:20 - GMT

Young actors will soon have the chance to become part of Billy Elliot when the smash musical arrives in Melbourne.

Producers have announced the premier performance of Billy Elliot the Musical (which has a score by Elton) will be held at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne on December 30.

The hunt for Melbourne's Billy boys will be held later this month.

The Broadway version opens in New York in October, after critically acclaimed productions in Sydney and London.

The Sydney show has sold more than 400,000 tickets in its six months at the Capitol Theatre.

Producer Eric Fellner said:

"Billy has now been seen by 2.2 million people worldwide and we are very pleased Melbourne audiences will now have the opportunity too.''