Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Baz Luhrmann’s musical Strictly Ballroom, which will be directed by Drew McOnie at the Piccadilly Theatre from next March. The musical will star Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey as and Fran and Scott, with Will Young taking up a bandleader role which has been specially created for the London run.
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Award-winning writer Baz Luhrmann, known for creating the films Moulin Rouge!, Romeo & Juliet and The Great Gatsby, presents Strictly Ballroom, a brand new musical inspired by his classic 1992 film.
Strictly Ballroom tells the story of Scott, a competitive ballroom dancer in '80s Australia who makes up his own moves and finds himself aggravating ballroom-purists. He follows his heart to, not only find his true calling in dance, but also find his true love.
The 1992 film was based on a stage play Luhrmann write whilst he was studying in Sydney, and it starred Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice and Bill Hunter. It was the first in Luhrmann’s ‘The Red Curtain Trilogy’, which is also made up by Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!
The stage musical adaptation got its world premiere in Australia in 2014. It ran at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. It includes the hit songs from the film “Love Is In The Air”, “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” and “Time After Time”.
The production got its UK premiere in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in December 2016. Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar), the production starred Gemma Sutton, Sam Lips, Tamsin Carroll and Stephen Matthews.
Strictly Ballroom will run at the Piccadilly Theatre from March 2018.
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Strictly Ballroom The Musical tells the inspiring story of Scott, a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love.
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Baz Luhrmann’s musical Strictly Ballroom is to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London following a successful run in Leeds last year. The show, based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film, opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, and is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre; The Lorax, Old Vic). It will run at the Piccadilly Theatre from 16th March 2018, with an official opening on 11th April.