‘Billy’ gears up for Broadway

Cast comes together for new production

Haydn Gwynne, the Brit thesp who created the role of the dance instructor in hit London stage tuner “Billy Elliot,” will reprise her part on Broadway in a cast that also includes Gregory Jbara and Carole Shelley.

The Rialto incarnation of the musical bows at the Imperial Theater in the fall.

Gwynne portrays the teacher who encourages budding dancer Billy to pursue his passion. Julie Walters played the role in the 2000 Universal/StudioCanal movie.

Jbara (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) will play Billy’s dad, while Shelley (“Wicked”) will portray the boy’s grandmother. Also in the cast are Santino Fontana, Leah Hocking and Joel Hatch (“Adding Machine”), among others.

The previously announced trio of David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish will alternate in the musical’s challenging title role.

“Billy” has done big business since its well-received premiere on the West End in 2005. Show also has a strong-selling outpost in Sydney, where it opened in December.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner -co-chairs of production company Working Title – as well as Jon Finn and Sally Greene produce the Broadway incarnation, with Angela Morrison and David Furnish exec producing.

“Billy” begins previews in Gotham Oct. 1 before a Nov. 13 opening night.

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