The Duluth Playhouse at the Depot readies for BETM

The 280-seat Mainstage theater, another intimate setting for a production of Billy Elliot The Musical (BETM), which seems to have worked so well in other locations around the world, will host this production of BETM from July 13-30, 2017.

Founded in 1914, the Duluth Playhouse is one of the nation’s oldest community theaters and produces a year-round season of dramas, musicals, and children’s productions.  Originally known as “The Little Theater”, it began its career with the American première of Bernard Shaw’s Dark Lady of the Sonnets.  Today, over 40,000 people attend a Playhouse show each season with visitors from across the region, the state, the nation, and even internationally.

The Depot building, in which the theater is housed, was originally designed by Boston architects Peabody & Stearns as the Union Depot train station, and is a classic French Norman structure that is a national historic site.  With the performing arts building to the west and an enclosed rail museum to the south, it houses the St. Louis County Historical Society, A.M. Chisholm Museum, Duluth Playhouse, Duluth Civic Ballet, Lake Superior Museum of Transportation and Industry, Duluth Art Institute, and Duluth-Superior Symphony Association.

Past shows at the theater this season have included La Cage Aux Folles, You Can’t Take It With You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Time Stands Still.

The Duluth cast of BETM will be led by a young man new to the role of Billy.  He’s Tanner Hagen. To learn more about Tanner, click on the Billy Profiles button (below) to be taken to his detailed profile. 
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To see a complete listing of the rest of the Duluth Playhouse cast, just click on the Cast Information button.

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The cast of “Billy Elliot” performs for an dress rehearsal audience for the first time on Wednesday, July 11, 2017 at the Duluth Playhouse. “Billy Elliot” will be performed at The Duluth Playhouse from July 13 through July 30. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com

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