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British singer Elton John performs on Nov. 3, 2010. He'll play on the Plains of Abraham this July. British singer Elton John performs on Nov. 3, 2010. He'll play on the Plains of Abraham this July. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

Elton John to play Plains of Abraham

Posted: Apr 14, 2011 4:45 PM ET

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2011 4:45 PM ET

Elton John is about to become the next musical superstar to strut his stuff on the Plains of Abraham.
The 64-year-old John will appear at the Quebec City landmark July 9 as part of the city's annual summer festival.
The Rocket Man's show comes three years after Paul McCartney and Céline Dion gave separate shows on the Plains to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.
McCartney's appearance riled some Quebec nationalists, who said a Brit shouldn't be part of the city's festivities.
The weekend of John's show promises to be a huge one for music fans in Quebec. Irish rockers U2 will be playing at the Montreal Hippodrome on both July 8 and 9.

Elton John, fresh off an appearance on Saturday Night Live, comes to Louisville on Friday.
Elton John, fresh off an appearance on Saturday Night Live, comes to Louisville on Friday.
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Elton John, fresh off an appearance on Saturday Night Live, comes to Louisville on Friday.

Elton John brings his formidable song list to KFC Yum Center

Elton John brings his formidable song list to Yum Center on Friday night

By Walter Tunis Contributing Music Writer

Elton John
8 p.m. April 15 at KFC Yum Center in Louisville. $19.50-$139. 1-800-745-3000.
After 40-plus years in the pop arena and a catalogue of recordings that has taken him from ball parks to Broadway, Elton John managed another career milestone recently. He proved himself a good sport.
As guest host two weekends ago of Saturday Night Live, the veteran piano man appeared as himself in a flat-out hilarious sketch (yes, SNL still manages one every so often) about the upcoming royal wedding. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were portrayed by cast members Fred Armisen and Bill Nader as foul-mouthed, Cockney-accented guttersnipes who ridiculed the singer's career.
"Are you going to change the words to Candle in the Wind again?" the mock Queen asked.
Sir Elton got the best laugh, though, when referring to his baby son Zachary in the show's opening monologue ("10 fingers, 10 toes and $400 million").
As John heads to Kentucky for the first time in nearly a decade, we can add another equally impressive accolade to his mantle of accomplishments. For much of the past year, he has crusaded on behalf of one of his foremost musical heroes, Leon Russell. He cut an album with the longstanding, multigenre pop pianist (The Union), which stands as the finest recording that either artist has released in nearly two decades, gave the induction speech for Russell's entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March and hit the road with his mentoring inspiration for a series of arena shows this year.
There is no word on whether Russell will be part of John's concert Friday night at Louisville's KFC Yum Center. But the two did perform an eight-song segment from The Union at John's March 26 concert in Baltimore.
Even if John goes it alone, there will be no scarcity of familiar material. Now 64, John flaunts the obvious onstage. The most recent items in his set lists of late have been a pair of early-'80s hits (Sad Songs and I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues). The rest of the repertoire belongs to material composed from 1970 to 1975. Of particular interest is a three song selection (Levon, Tiny Dancer and the title tune) from what stands, from a personal standpoint, as John's greatest album: 1971's Madman Across the Water.
And, yes, Candle in the Wind is in the current repertoire, too — the original 1973 version, that is. No doubt Her Majesty will be pleased. Or vexed.

Elton John will perform in Quebec City at the Festival d'ete

By Bernard Perusse Thu, Apr 14 2011 COMMENTS(0) Words & Music
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Quebec City’s Festival d’ete has added another superstar to its list of conquests. Elton John will perform on the Plains of Abraham July 9th for the festival’s 44th edition, organizers announced today.

John’s band will include longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards. The British singer-songwriter is riding a wave of critical acclaim for last year’s collaboration with Leon Russell, The Union.

The full line-up for the festival and the price of passes will be announced April 27. And early-bird sale of flashing passes and special bracelets starts the next day.

The Festival d’ete de Quebec runs from July 7 to 17.
Hmmm ... should we be looking for Sir Elton to squeeze in a Montreal date?
Photo of Elton John performing last Nov. 5 in Ontario, California by Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Cast members of the Love Lies Bleeding ballet prepare to rehearse a number in the dance production created by the Alberta Ballet and Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maitre. - Cast members of the Love Lies Bleeding ballet prepare to rehearse a number in the dance production created by the Alberta Ballet and Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maitre. | Chris Bolin for The Globe and Mail


Love Lies Bleeding to play in Vancouver

Yukichi Hattori, centre, plays an Elton John fan in the spectacular Alberta Ballet production of Love Lies Bleeding. Yukichi Hattori, centre, plays an Elton John fan in the spectacular Alberta Ballet production of Love Lies Bleeding.

Marsha Lederman

Vancouver— Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011 4:01PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011 4:04PM EDT

Love Lies Bleeding, Alberta Ballet’s 2010 work set to pop songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, will travel to Vancouver later this year. Love Lies Bleeding will be performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from October 13-15.
Ballet BC’s 2011/12 season, announced Thursday, will also include Bliss, a full program of work by Ballet BC’s resident choreographer José Navas, including a reprisal of his 2010 premiere The bliss that from their limbs all movement takes.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will bring Svengali to Vancouver next April. The new ballet by Mark Godden will feature film projections by Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg).
The season will open September 23 with The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary tour, featuring works by William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins and Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite.
Ballet BC’s 2011/12 season will also feature new works from choreographers Robert Glumbek, Aszure Barton and Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar.

Littler: Calgary’s becoming known for theatre, dance and arts events

A two-hour ballet inspired by the life of Elton John -- Love Lies Bleeding -- has its world premiere May 6 - 9  in Calgary. A two-hour ballet inspired by the life of Elton John - Love Lies Bleeding - has its world premiere May 6 - 9 in Calgary.
Charles Hope Photo
By William Littler Music Columnist

CALGARY—Culturally speaking, Calgary’s image has long been associated with 10-gallon hats, high-heeled boots and anything oil can buy.
Reality, as is so often the case, dictates otherwise, save during a 10-day period (July 9-18 this year) when the Stampede pleads Southern Alberta’s case for incorporation into the State of Texas.
Consider what confronts visitors in the finally snow-free weeks ahead. In the field of festivals alone there are the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, the Calgary International Blues Festival, the Live Stage Urban Arts Festival, the Calgary International Children’s Festival, the Reggae Festival and Global Fest.
Dance attractions range from flamenco to folk to contemporary ballet, with one of Western Canada’s finest ensembles, Alberta Ballet, under the energetic direction of Jean Grand-Maître inspiring even Elton John to offer to collaborate on a mainstage production. The two-hour, million-dollar-plus ballet called Love Lies Bleeding, inspired by Sir Elton’s life and music, with choreography by Grand-Maitre, had its world premiere in Calgary May 6.
Edmonton, which likes to call itself Festival City and likes as well to think of itself as the culturally deeper destination, has valid historical reasons for its attitude. Today, however, Calgary is on the march, passing its northern neighbour in size, mounting even more festivals and arguably supporting more artists as well.
Having recently staged a successful production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Calgary Opera is looking forward to a future mounting—the first in Canada—of the opera our superstar tenor Ben Heppner is currently premiering in Dallas, Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. Earlier this season the Alberta company presented the latest of a number of operas yet to be encountered in Toronto, Mark Adamo’s Little Women.
Under Roberto Minczuk’s direction the Calgary Philharmonic has rebounded from its near-bankruptcy of five years ago to enter a new period of solvent growth, housed in one of Canada’s finest musical venues, the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
And theatregoers who can’t obtain tickets to the Siminovitch Prize-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor’s Communion at the Martha Cohen Theatre these days will find plenty of alternatives at Stage West, Vertigo Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre, the Martha Bell Theatre or a number of other venues devoted to the spoken word. The city has become home to more than two dozen professional theatre companies.
With a budget of $3.75 million, Calgary Arts Development funds about 150 arts organizations annually and small wonder. A recent study put Calgary at the top among Canadian cities in per capita consumer spending on culture.
The city benefits as well from a newish provincial arts policy, Spirit of Alberta, reversing a western Canadian belt-tightening trend in provincial arts support that continues to affect the cities of neighbouring British Columbia.
Not that the avant-garde seems to be especially welcome, as yet. Strolling through the city’s art galleries a visitor finds naturalism habitually trumping abstraction. A recent director of the prestigious Glenbow Museum reportedly lost his job in part because of a declared intention to champion more adventurous contemporary artists.
And yet, there is now an identifiable cultural district in Calgary, with at least a dozen venues occupying prime downtown real estate, and at least a dozen events can be found listed daily on the Calgary Arts Development website.
Walking among the glass-sheathed skyscrapers of the downtown streets one notices, as well, the results of a civic requirement that capital projects contribute one per cent of their budget to public art. Calgary is even slated to build a bridge by the ultramodernist Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
This is, of course, a new-looking city, much of whose history has fallen to the wrecking balls of progress. Although the earliest signs of human settlement date back an impressive 12,000 years, the metropolis of the Bow River Valley became that only in recent decades.
Yes, Calgary now hosts Canada’s second-largest zoo, easily reachable by an efficiently modern light rail system, and the Saddledome plays host to many of the same attractions who appear in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Does this make the city of the Flames and the Stampeders a destination comparable with the city of the Maple Leafs and the Argonauts? Athletically, yes. Culturally, not quite.
And yet, those hats and boots belie a place that has become well worth a visit for reasons other than bucking broncos and business deals. Canada’s foremost piano competition, the Esther Honens, takes place here. One Yellow Rabbit Theatre launched High Performance Rodeo here, reportedly the biggest such festival west of Luminato.
Back in 1887 the British parliamentarian W.S. Caine described Calgary being “as quiet as an English country village.” How times have changed.

Elton John OK's Love Lies Bleeding tour

Alberta Ballet will take new work on the road

Love Lies Bleeding will tour in 2011 after getting a go-ahead from Elton John. (CBC)
Love Lies Bleeding will tour in 2011 after getting a go-ahead from Elton John. (CBC)

Elton John has given the thumbs-up to a tour of Love Lies Bleeding, the Alberta Ballet production based on his life and music.
The ambitious work choreographed by Alberta Ballet artistic director Jean Grand-Maître premiered May 6 in Calgary.
Although John was not able to attend the ballet because of a scheduling conflict, his friend and adviser Ray Cooper was there on opening night.
Based on Cooper's advice — and critical acclaim — John has approved a tour of the multimedia production starting in 2011, Alberta Ballet announced Tuesday.
"I am proud of what the Alberta Ballet has created and I am looking forward to seeing this ballet live on," John said in a statement.
"It is a strong, contemporary choreography that entertains and challenges dance audiences with its new esthetics and its powerful fusion of different art mediums. I hope it will attract thousands of new patrons to this wonderful art form."
Love Lies Bleeding drew critical acclaim for its mix of contemporary music, multimedia and colourful costumes. (CBC)

Love Lies Bleeding drew critical acclaim for its mix of contemporary music, multimedia and colourful costumes. (CBC)
John approached the Alberta Ballet about the project after seeing the company's well-received Fiddle and the Drum, based on the music of Joni Mitchell, in 2007. He picked the music and gave Grand-Maître carte blanche for the rest of the $1.2-million production.
Grand-Maître said the tour would make his ballet company "cultural ambassadors of our province and our country around the world."
Love Lies Bleeding is set to 14 songs composed by John and Bernie Taupin including Benny and the Jets, Crocodile Rock, I'm Going To Be A Teenage Idol and Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting).
Lead dancer Yukichi Hattori drew critical acclaim for his interpretation of John himself and the production was hailed for its use of multimedia and colourful costumes.

New Billy Elliot Ryan Collinson joins West End cast of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL

On 13 April 2011, twelve year old Ryan Collinson from Southport, becomes the twenty-sixth boy to play the title role in the West End production of Elton John and Lee Hall’s musical that is about to celebrate its 6th anniversary at the Victoria Palace Thea
Today, 13 April 2011, twelve year old Ryan Collinson from Southport, becomes the twenty-sixth boy to play the title role in the West End production of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL.  The internationally award-winning show, which opened a the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005, has been seen by over 6 million people worldwide, including 3 million in the West End.  Ryan becomes the 56th boy to play Billy Elliot worldwide since Jamie Bell in the award-winning film.
Ryan Collinson said ‘Before auditioning for Billy I had done very little classical dance training but I had done gymnastics for two years and taught myself street dance in my bedroom.  I was given the film of Billy Elliot on DVD one Christmas and I wanted to be just like Billy so I started classical dance classes. I auditioned for Billy after just 8 lessons and after making it through further auditions I found out that I had got the part.  It was the best day of my life and now I am living my dream!’

Based on the Oscar nominated film, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds.  Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid disapproval of his struggling family. 

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and is directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling. 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.

As well as the current London production, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL has performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and Seoul, South Korea, and is currently performing at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, on tour across North America and at the Canon Theatre, Toronto.  Productions are also in the works for Japan, Germany and Holland.

Ryan Collinson joins Josh Baker (12 years old from Rochester), Dean Charles-Chapman (13 years old from Romford, Essex) and Scott McKenzie (13 years old from Dumbarton, Scotland) who alternate the role of Billy; Reece Barrett (12 years old from Exeter), Connor Kelly (12 years old from Scunthorpe), Connor Lawson (12 years old from Shotton, County Durham) and Joe Massey (11 years old from South Wirrell) who alternate the role of Billy’s best friend Michael; Francesca Mango (11 years old from Northumberland), Emily Smith (11 years old from County Durham) and Emily Williams (9 years old East Wingate, County Durham) who alternate the role of Debbie. They perform alongside Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Wilkinson), Martin Marquez (Dad), Tom Lorcan (Tony), Diane Langton (Grandma), Chris McGlade (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Kevin Patricks (Mr. Braithwaite), Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) and ensemble members Ashley Andrews, David Bardsley, Romy Baskerville, Paul Basleigh, Alan Bradshaw, Spencer Cartwright, Caroline Deverill, Helen French, Tim Funnell, Sergio Giacomelli, Shaun Henson, Stevie Hutchinson, Stuart Ramsay, Derek Richards and Russell Wilcox and swings Craig Armstrong, Dawn Buckland, Lucinda Collins, Kieran Jae and Mike Scott.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is presented in London by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Aspect and is based on the Universal Pictures/ Studio Canal film.
Michael Hewitson, personal manager for Elton John, and percussionist Ray Cooper attended the premiere of Alberta Ballet's Love Lies Bleeding in Calgary on behalf of the British pop icon. (Margo Kelly/CBC)

Elton John performed at Madison Square Garden in March.
Chad Batka for The New York Times Elton John performed at Madison Square Garden in March.

Tribeca Film Festival to Kick Off with Free April 20 Screening of The Union Documentary About Elton John and Leon Russell

By: Dan Bacalzo · Apr 13, 2011  · New York

Elton John and Leon Russell in publicity image for <i>The Union</i><br>
(Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Elton John and Leon Russell in publicity image for The Union
(Courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)
Additional details have been announced for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's kick off event, featuring a free outdoor screening of the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's documentary, The Union, at The World Financial Plaza, on Wednesday, April 20 at 8:15pm. The film chronicles the making of the 2010 album of the same name, a collaboration between pop icon and Tony Award winner Elton John and legendary rock 'n' roll keyboardist Leon Russell.
Attendees will need a TFF wristband to be seated at the event, which will be distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, on April 20 at 4pm.
As previously reported, John will make an appearance at, and perform after, the screening.
For TheaterMania's previous story on Tribeca Film Festival entries, including works featuring stage veterans such as Orlando Bloom, Carol Channing, Toni Collette, Keira Knightley, Campbell Scott, and Kathleen Turner, click here.
For more information on the festival, click here.

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