Elton John with Joint Tony-Award Winners David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish, and Trent Kowalik (Photo by Joseph Marzullo)

After 3 years and 3 months of performances, Billy Elliot will close on Broadway on 8 January, 2012. First opening on 14 November, 2008 to ecstatic reviews, the production went on to win a whopping 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Actor for its three original Billys—Kiril Kulish, David Alvarez, and Trent Kowalik. The three young actors returned to the production in a special curtain call to celebrate the show’s third anniversary on 13 November.

The production recently won the Gypsy of the Year Award for Best Stage Presentation at the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser. The event raised nearly $4.9 million (£3.1 million) for AIDS charities.

In announcing the play’s closure, the New York Times cited high production costs as well as stiff competition over the past year from hits such as The Book of Mormon, a transfer of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (soon to close in the West End), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe.  The production remained one of Broadway’s hottest sellers for much of its run.

The US national tour will continue as planned, opening in Washington, D.C. on 13 December and closing in Boston on 2 September, 2012. Other successful productions of Billy Elliot include runs in Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, and Seoul, South Korea.

The original London production remains one of the best-selling shows in the West End and is currently booking through 21 December, 2013.