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02 October 2009 @ 10:10 am
Getting to see Trent as Billy Elliot!  
If you're my FB friend then you know what a theatre dork I truly am! A few months ago I began tracking the Billy rotation, in hopes of finding some sort of pattern so I could buy tickets to see the show on this trip. I know this is very UN-PC and will get me booed off many message boards, because all the boys are fabulous and it shouldn't matter who I see, but... really - I'm spending A LOT of money on tickets, have only one slot in which I can see the show, and I eventually wanted to see all three guys in the role before they all aged out. Kiril I saw in January... I REALLY wanted to see Trent.

Of course, there's no rhyme or reason to the Billy rotation, so I sucked it up and took my chances with the Wednesday afternoon matinee - hoping that Trent would be in that day (he's the one I REALLY wanted to see). Well, the moment I got into the Imperial, I looked at the board and lo and behold... it was TRENT! :) I was so happy, I couldn't tell you! :D

Trent was an AMAZING Billy! I truly think he's the one who "gets" Billy the most. His acting is SOOOO strong, he really embodies the role, the sadness, and the humor of Billy. To me (and this is completely un-PC, but what the heck...) he's my favorite Billy because of his incredible acting. And his dancing... Oh my word! Trent's a fabulous tap dancer (his feet are literally moving so fast during the tap sequences on stage that they were a blur) and his ballet is gorgeous. Trent has gotten VERY tall... almost too tall to be Billy, but his lines when he dances are just breathtakingly gorgeous!

Speaking of which, I got to see the new (or relatively new) "Michael" - Trevor Braun - who is considerably younger than Trent and LOOKS like the age that Trent was when he began the role. Their friendship on stage still works, though - despite their age difference, but I thought it was cute when Trevor had to kiss Trent, he literally had to take a hold of Trent's hair and pull his head down because Trent was so darn tall.

Kiril is leaving the cast on the 3rd, and I'm sure it won't be long before Trent has to as well. :( I'm just SO glad I got to see him before he left! :D :D :D

With the AMAZING Trent Kowalik after Billy Elliot on Wednesday afternoon!
I'm SOOOOOO glad I got to see him in the role of Billy!!!!
He's even taller than me!! Which, admittedly is not a hard thing to be! ;)

With Alex Ko, who is Kiril's replacement and hasn't yet gone on as Billy.
I have been reading about him, and happened to see him at the stage door so I
asked for a photo with him. His Mom told him, "Alex, you're blushing!!" which he
was, isn't that cute? I look forward to seeing him as Billy one day!

With Greg Jbara - who remembered me as the girl from Hawaii who came to see him in the rain
at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels! :) He was VERY sweet! :)

I happen to catch Kiril (far left) as he left the stage door - he was performing that night...
along with some other cast members (Marina Micalizzi, Samantha Czulada, Keean Johnson - who played tall and posh boy at the matinee, but was going on as Michael that evening, and Danika Yarosh)
Such a cute cast!!

Getting to see Trent was my happiest surprise all trip!! :) LOVED his performance!!
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(Anonymous) on October 2nd, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Hi Sheri,

Glad you got to see Trent since you very much wanted to. Thanks for a lovely account of your experience. :)

Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on October 3rd, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Hi Ellen, thank you so much for your comment! It's only the second time that I've seen Billy Elliot, and I was glad that I got the chance to see Trent. :) Thanks again for your comment!! :)
ellixianellixian on October 2nd, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you got to see the Billy you wanted to see! Being a theatre dork myself, I OBVIOUSLY understand how important it is to get the cast you want as far as possible. Not that understudies don't have merit, and I've certainly been completely blown away by an understudy or two, but when you have your heart set on seeing someone...

Trent looks adorable. And definitely heading towards being too tall/old for the role. The new Billy is TINY in comparison! Did you still have Haydn? I love her.
Sheri: The Marvelous Wonderettesshutterbug93 on October 3rd, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh, me tooo! Believe me, I LOVE to see understudies of shows that I love and have seen multiple times! :D In fact, Mark & I went to see MW in NoHo once BECAUSE of an understudy... Tami Tappan Damiano was playing Missy and I just had to see her in the role so we changed our plans and bought tickets. :D

And I did see Haydn! She was wonderful as always!! :) And Alex was very sweet - I'd love to see him as Billy. :)