Meet Billy Elliot: Julian Elia

    Note: Julian was a member of the final cast of the NY production. His final performance as Billy on Broadway was January 8, 2012.

    Debuts: June 12, 2011 (Toronto)     November 12, 2011 (Broadway)  

    Total Performances as Billy: 44.25  [Toronto = 27 [Broadway = 17.25 (includes 1 partial show credited @.25)]

    Julian is a native of Markham, Ontario. He became the 8th boy (and last) to debut in the title role in the Chicago/Toronto production of the show when he took to the stage for the first time in Toronto on Sunday, 12-Jun-2011, at the 1:30pm performance. He became the 15th boy (and last) to play the role on Broadway full-time when he made his debut on the Imperial Theatre stage on November 12, 2011 at the matinee performance.

    Along with North American Tour Billy Ty Forhan, since the age of six Julian has done most of his pre-Billy dance training at Elite Danceworx in Markham, under the direction of Dawn Rappitt. He has also studied the Vaganova method of Russian Ballet under the guidance of Anna Karpova and Vladimir Karpov. Besides ballet, Julian has danced competitively using all the following dance styles: Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop and Contemporary.

    Julian has also been active in television. In 2007/2008, along with his sister Rosie, he co-hosted the TV show Are We There Yet? World Adventures (CBC/Treehouse/Sinking Ship Ent.) and had a recurring role on the Canadian television series The Yard (Movie Central). Julian has also done various TV and radio commercials.

    Julian also had a recurring role in The Yard (Movie Central).

    With the addition of Julian to the Billy rotation in Toronto, all four Billys had a connection to Canada. Julian, Myles Erlick and Ty Forhan are all residents of Ontario. The 4th Billy, Marcus Pei, while hailing from Iowa, is a student at Canada’s National Ballet School.

    Julian EliaOn November 12, 2011, Julian made his Broadway debut as Billy on the stage of the Imperial Theatre. His debut on that date was actually made on the true 3rd Anniversary of the show on Broadway. His arrival in New York also made him the 16th (counting Tanner Pflueger) Billy to perform the role there and he became a member of the final Billy rotation of the show before its close on January 8, 2012. In the picture at the right (photo by Monica Simoes), he performs with his peer Billys during a special curtain call at the end of the show celebrating three years on Broadway.

    On December 5 & 6, at the 2011 Gypsy of the Year event, which is sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Julian, the newest and final boy to debut as Billy on Broadway, was given the honor of dancing during the cast’s number.

    On January 8, 2012, all four Billys shared the various scenes and dance numbers in the final BETMNY show on Broadway.  Here, Julian and Stephen Hanna (Older Billy) dance, for the final time, Dream Ballet:


    Credit: Video by Thommie Retter

    Credit: Photo by Peter James Zielinski

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