The Show That Might Be Too Good For Broadway

“Is it too English? Will it be too expensive? Can they cast it? Will it resonate with Americans? These are the questions confronting the producers and creators of Billy Elliot as they contemplate a Broadway production of what critics [in London] are calling the best British musical ever… [The show] probably can’t be done for less than $12 million to $14 million and, with its large cast and crew, will surely have a weekly running cost of $600,000 or more… Casting is another issue. Child labor laws aren’t as strict in the United States as they are in England, but because of the physical demands of the show, [the UK director] says it’s essential to have three, ‘ideally four,’ Billy Elliots. Where to find them?”