Today's interview with dancer, choreographer and On Your Toes star Adam Cooper reminds us that workshops take place this month for the much-anticipated musical stage adaptation of Billy Elliot. The production - with a book by playwright and scriptwriter Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, who were also behind the hit 2000 film, as well as an original score by pop legend Elton John - is due to premiere in the West End in 2004, co-produced by Working Title Films and the Kevin Spacey-backed Old Vic Productions. The latter hit the newspapers' business pages earlier this summer with a campaign to raise £2m for Billy Elliot: The Musical. In addition to first night tickets and backstage tours, the investor perks include an invitation for two to Elton John's Oscar night party in Hollywood. Sounds good ... if you've got £50,000 handy. Less appealing is the prospect that Cooper - who (albeit briefly) played the adult ballet dancer Billy, grown up to star in AMP's all-male Swan Lake - may not feature in the stage version. He told Whatsonstage.com that, thus far, he's not been approached about the project (See 20 Questions, 11 Aug 2003). Having seen Cooper electrify musical audiences in On Your Toes, we can only say Mssrs Hall, Daldry and John, please reconsider.