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Wednesday 10 June 2009 @ 17:15 - GMT

Elton is in talks to take Billy Elliot back to the big screen.

The pianist wrote the music for the theatre adaptation of the 2000 film, which was written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry.

Now the trio want to take the story about a young ballet dancer full circle by re-making the movie as a musical.

Speaking after the Billy Elliot musical scooped ten Tony Awards on Sunday, Hall revealed, "We've been talking about making the musical back into a motion picture - but we'd have to think long and hard how to do it."

And earlier this year, Fidelity FutureStage launched the first Fidelity FutureStage Playwriting Contest, a partnership between FutureStage and Billy Elliot the Musical. Students, grades 9 - 12 from New York and New Jersey, were invited to write a 10-minute play inspired by the themes of Billy Elliot. One winning script was selected to be part of the June 15 finale.

These students, most of whom have had no acting experience and limited exposure to the theater, worked with teachers and theater professionals to find their voices as playwrights and discover their talents as actors. The winning plays will have their inaugural performance at Broadways Imperial Theatre in five days.

Honorary Host: Queen Latifah
Honorary Host




Queen Latifah--celebrated musician, television and film actress, label president, author, and entrepreneur--will host the Finale event.
Latifahs work in music, film, and television has earned her a Golden GlobeAward,® two Screen Actors Guild Awards,® and a GRAMMY® Award.
She has also been nominated for an Academy Award® and an Emmy® Award.
In 2006, Queen Latifah was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



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Grieg Quartet from Boston Latin School

Tadesh Dow Inagaki (violin), B. Kim (violin), Christopher Nguyen (cello), and Allyn Hayes McCourt (viola).

Nominated by Paul Pitts of Boston Latin School.




Chris Middleton from Boston Latin School

Nominated by Eva Kendrick of Community Music Center of Boston.




AnJalique Perry from Roland Hayes School of Music

Nominated by T. Davis Dillon of Roland Hayes School of Music.




The Underground Trio from Boston Arts Academy

Gustavo Hernandez (drums), Chris Juris (guitar), and Max Ridley (bass).

Nominated by Colin Sapp of Roland Hayes School of Music.
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