NBS student to make Broadway debut

By Brittany Duggan

Liam Redhead of North Bay, Ontario, will soon make his Broadway debut as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical. Sharing the lead role with Dayton Tavares, who previously played Billy in the Sydney and Melbourne productions, Redhead will be the seventh boy to make his Broadway debut as Billy since its opening in New York City at the Imperial Theatre on November 13th, 2008. Having begun studies at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) in 2007, Redhead departs Toronto at age fourteen with classmate Cesar Corrales, who will also debut as Billy in the soon-to-open Chicago production of the show. “I’m so pleased for Liam, this is such an exciting opportunity for him. We will of course miss him at NBS, but we wish him the best of luck. With both Cesar and Liam off performing this challenging role, those of us at NBS cannot wait for them to return and share with us all their stories of learning the role, and appearing on stages in Chicago as well as on Broadway,” said Mavis Staines, NBS artistic director, in a press release issued by the school.

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