San Diego Teenagers Take Broadway by Storm

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Get to know 14-year-old Kiril Kulish and 13-year-old David Alvarez, now former San Diegans. They are two of the three dancers who will play the lead role of Billy Elliot in a musical expected to, “lift Broadway out of its slump” according to Mark Riedel of the New York Post. Billy Elliot, The Musical first opened in London in 2005. There, it won four Laurence Olivier Awards, the British equivalent to the Tony’s, for best musical, best actors in a musical, best sound design, and best choreography.

According to the biographies noted on the Musical’s web site, David Alvarez began taking ballet more seriously when he moved to San Diego as a nine-year-old. Two years later, he left for New York to train with the American Ballet Theater on scholarship.

Kiril Kulish was born and raised in San Diego. In 2007, he won top honors for best ballet performance in the Junior Age Division and performed with the American Ballet Theater in eight performances. He is also an accomplished ballroom dancer and pianist. You can read more about Kiril Kulish, who is from the University City area, in a La Jolla Light article published in May 2007. To get a preview prior to the start of the musical, here is a video of Kiril Kulish performing at the San Diego Academy of Ballet on YouTube.

Billy Elliot, “is a funny, heart-warming and feel-good celebration of one young boy’s dream in a gripping tale of triumph over adversity”. The Opening is on November 13th at the Imperial Theatre with previews starting October 1st. If you plan on heading to New York, tickets are currently available for AMEX cardholders directly from Billy Elliot, The Musical web site. Public ticket sales begin Sunday, June 15th.

Billy Elliot, The Musical – Official Web Site

New York Times article on the three boys who will play the lead role of Billy Elliot

New York Theatre Guide to Billy Elliott, The Musical


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