Into every young star's life, pubescence must inevitably fall. Trent Kowalik, the Wantagh talent who was 14 last June when he shared the best actor Tony Award with his two colleagues in "Billy Elliot: the Musical," will sing and dance his last Billy Sunday evening at the Imperial Theatre.
Kowalik, the last of Broadway's original Billys, doesn't know what awaits him, but he says, "I can't wait to find out."
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He first played the 11-year-old character in London's West End in early 2008, then was chosen as one of the three boys alternating the lead of the Broadway musical based on the 2000 movie about a miner's son who wants to dance ballet.
"I have had a great experience being Billy for the last two and a half years," he says, "both in the UK and on Broadway. Now the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next group of boys . . . I'm sure they will have as much fun as I've had. Now I am looking forward to finishing the school year and hanging out with my family and friends."
Although representatives of the show never give reasons for the departure of any Billy, director Stephen Daldry said, "Trent was an astonishing child and now he is an astonishing young man. Working with him over these years has been one of the great joys of directing 'Billy Elliot.' On both sides of the Atlantic, he will be sorely missed."
"Billy Elliot," which won 10 Tony Awards, continues on Broadway and on tour.