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'Billy Elliot the Musical' to close on Broadway in January after successful 3-year run
NEW YORK (AP) ' "Billy Elliot the Musical" is planning its last dance on Broadway.
Producers announced Monday that the Tony Award-winning show will play its final performance on Jan. 8. That will end a three-year run at the Imperial Theatre that will have included 1,304 regular performances and 40 previews.
The musical, which recouped its $18 million investment in 14 month, is based on the popular 2000 movie about a young boy who longs to dance but lives in the bleak coal-mining area of Northern England.
Stephen Daldry, who directed the film, did the same for the stage. Lee Hall adapted his own screenplay and wrote the lyrics and Elton John wrote the music. The musical won the 2009 Tony Award for best musical as well as nine other Tonys.