The cast and crew of Rocketman take us behind the story of the film which is due out in cinemas on May 31.
Paramount have given us the first look at the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie The Eagle, Sunshine On Leith) and starring Taron Edgerton (Kingsman, Sing), Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones, The Take), Jamie Bell (Jumper, Fantastic Four) and Bryce Dallas-Howard (Gold, Jurassic World) Rocketman will be in cinemas on 30th May, 2019.
Elton John today announces ‘Revamp’, released on April 6th on EMI Music Australia. Bringing together a carefully curated selection of the world’s biggest and best artists, ‘Revamp’ sees Elton John and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s best loved songs reinterpreted by some of contemporary music’s most vital talents. The album spans a breathtaking array of styles, shining a light on Elton’s unparalleled influence across popular music of all genres, ranging from Hip-hop / Soul (Q-Tip, Mary J Blige) to Rock (The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age) to Pop (Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, P!nk & Logic).
Elton John says: “‘It’s always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it. As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We’re humbled and thank them all for their generosity.”
The calibre of names contributing to ‘Revamp’ is another reminder of Elton’s enduring popularity at a typically busy and prolific time for the superstar. Last month Elton announced his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour. Comprising of over 300 dates across five continents over three years, the tour kicks off in the US in September and marks the finale of 50 years on the road. The first 60 dates sold out immediately after going on general sale, confirming that the farewell tour will be some of, if not the, hottest gig tickets of the next three years.
Elton’s influence on the worlds of fashion and film also continues to burn as brightly as ever. Last year Gucci unveiled their Spring Summer 2018 collection designed by Alessandro Michele and inspired by Elton’s inimitable style, referencing original items taken from the style icon’s archives. Elton also appeared as himself in a critically lauded, hilariously tongue-in-cheek role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and his songs soundtrack the forthcoming ‘Sherlock Gnomes’. Last year also saw Elton and Bernie launch ‘The Cut’, a project allowing undiscovered creative talent from all over the world the chance to create the official music videos for some of their most iconic songs: ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘Bennie And The Jets’, each winning video attracting millions upon millions of Youtube views.
‘Revamp’ stands as yet another timely reminder of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s influence on the next generation of global stars at a time when their music continues to fill stadiums, sell albums and influence fashion. Elton stands alone as a true great, whose music still garners such admiration from a truly broad range of global stars. The release of ‘Revamp’ will also be accompanied by a Nashville influenced album ‘Restoration’, also released on April 6th on UMA, featuring Elton’s songs reinterpreted by the biggest in Country music, including Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus and Willie Nelson.
‘Revamp’ released April 6th on EMI Music Australia, pre-order HERE
Billy Elliot the Musical is set to bring cinema goers to their feet when the global stage phenomenon is broadcast from London’s West End to cinemas across Australia for the very first time. The special London performance will be filmed live on September 28 and screened in Australian cinemas nationwide on Sunday October 5 for one day only.
Based on the Academy Award® nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical has been dazzling London’s theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world, winning over 80 theatre awards globally including 10, 2009 Tony Awards® and 5 Olivier Awards.
Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.
The internationally celebrated show, which has now been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide, is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book & lyrics), director Stephen Daldry, and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by music legend Elton John who composed the show’s score.
Elton John said: “Billy Elliot has always had a very special place in my heart and being involved in the musical has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Broadcasting the show live to cinemas is a new venture for all of us and will make for a very special event. It’s going to be a thrilling day for everyone at our home at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London and we hope cinema audiences will be as excited as we are to see Billy Elliot the Musical brought to life for the first time on screen.”
Stephen Daldry said: “Billy Elliot’s journey has been extraordinary. I still remember well our first day on the set of the film almost 16 years ago. It’s incredible to think that next year we will celebrate 10 years of the show in London and that it has been performed to so many millions across five continents. We are thrilled to be sharing this special performance with audiences around the world.”
Lee Hall said: “It will be great to see Billy Elliot achieve another milestone at what is set to be an amazing event. At our home in the West End we usually perform to an audience of 1,500. It is wonderful to think that this special performance will be seen by people in their local cinemas across many countries. This next chapter will be particularly poignant for us as Billy will briefly be returning to his beginnings on the cinema screen.”
On May 12th, Billy Elliot the Musical celebrated its 9th birthday and on the same night welcomed West End star Ruthie Henshall to the cast in the role of Billy’s dance teacher, Mrs Wilkinson, alongside Matteo Zecca (11) who became the 37th boy to play the role of Billy Elliot in London. Matteo joins Mitchell Tobin (13), Bradley Perret (12) and Elliott Hanna (11) who rotate in the title role, Deka Walmsley who plays Billy’s dad Jackie, Ann Emery in the role of Grandma and Chris Grahamson in the role of Billy’s brother, Tony.
Productions of Billy Elliot the Musical have been staged on Broadway, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea. The North American touring production, which began in 2010, finished its spectacular run in August 2013 with an engagement in São Paulo, Brazil, the first time Billy Elliot has played in South America. The show will open in the Netherlands in late 2014, and further international productions are currently planned.
Billy Elliot the Musical is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are Executive Producers. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.
Billy Elliot the Musical is presented in London by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect and is based on the Universal Pictures/ Studio Canal film.