Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Meet Billy Elliot: Lex Ishimoto

    Note: Lex’s final North American Tour performance as Billy was in Cincinnati on January 29, 2012

    Debut: October 30, 2010 (Durham, NC)

    Total Performances as Billy: 97.5 (includes 1 partial show credited @.5)

    Lex Ishimoto was 13 years old when he performed his last show as Billy.  He’s from Irvine, California. In his relatively short life so far, he has performed in many nationally ranked dance competitions, both solo and as part of his street dance hip-hop group Kreative Movement. His specialties are hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance and has studied at the West Coast School of the Arts in Costa Mesa.

    After initially auditioning for Billy Elliot in California, Lex was asked to come to New York, along with nine other boys, where he spent five days in intense auditions in dance, vocals, gymnastics and acting.

    In June 2010, Lex learned that he would be one of six boys chosen from that group to play Billy in one of the North American productions of the show.  Later it was announced that he’d specifically be assigned to the new North American Tour cast.

    Credit: Photo by Doug Blemker

    In an October interview with the five Tour Billys by the Durham Herald-Sun, the boys agreed that it’s like family working with the other Billys and the rest of the cast. Lex said, “They’re really nice — crazy in a good way”.

    On October 30, 2010, Lex became the second Billy to debut on the DPAC stage and then alternated with Giuseppe for the first performances of the show in Durham.

    Credit: Photo by Michael Brosilow


    Lex performed as Billy 97.5 times before doing his last show on January 29, 2012 in Cincinnati.

    Credit: Photo by Michael Brosilow

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