Meet Billy Elliot: Ji-hwan Sung

    Note: Ji-hwan Sung’s final show as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Seoul, South Korea, at the D-Cube Arts Center, was on May 6, 2018.

    Debut: November 29, 2017 (Seoul, South Korea)

    Total Performances as Billy:  40  (No partial shows)

    Ji-hwan Sung was 11 years old (D.O.B = 22-Apr-2006) when he debuted as Billy in the South Korean production of BETM in Seoul.

    Ji-hwan may be small in stature but don’t let this fool you.  He has actually trained as part of the best taekwondo group in the world.  In preparing to play Billy, Ji-hwan has had to convert his martial arts skills into dance skills.  He says that he has found the dance training hard, especially learning new things like ballet and tap.

    Ji-hwan Sung dances at the BETM auditions in Seoul

    Ji-hwan is not the only member of his family that will be appearing in BETM.  His younger brother, Joo-hwan, will join him on the D-Cube Arts Center stage as one of the three boys to rotate in the role of Small Boy.

    Here is a video of Ji-hwan singing The Letter (Reprise) at an open rehearsal for the press:

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    Ji-hwan is looking forward to performing on stage in Seoul.  He says, “I will be the best Billy that the world has ever seen!”

    Ji-hwan’s debut as Billy on 29-Nov-2017 makes him the 230th actor worldwide to play the role  in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical. 

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