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Strictly Ballroom Comes to Brisbane

Strictly Ballroom Comes to Brisbane

| On 12, Mar 2015

In what is becoming a revolution, that Brisbane is being included in the vibrant musical scene that Melbourne and Sydney experience, Strictly Ballroom The Musical is coming to QPAC this September!

While Australia has been enjoying a recent resurgence of West End and Broadway musicals (Wicked, Les Miserables, Matilda), it’s always particularly exciting to see an Australian production get off the ground in a big way, and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom has certainly done that. After three decades, each incarnation of the now classic story seems more ambitious than the last.

“From a small student play to my first motion picture and now a full-blown theatrical stage musical, Strictly Ballroom has been an almost thirty year journey for me,” said Luhrmann, who has returned as director on the new production. “I have often marvelled at how this story, born so long ago, has been in my life for so many years and has managed to touch, move, entertain and uplift so many different people from so many different backgrounds.”

“I think the simple truth is that, despite all the sequins, outrageous hairdos and classic Hollywood musical plotting, the simple message that ‘there isn’t only one way to cha cha cha’ and that ‘within us all we have the true potential to dance through life with our own steps’, is something that appeals to all of us. The message that life doesn’t have to be strictly ballroom is something I hope our audiences will carry with them as they dance down the aisles.”


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Certainly the new show has had a charmed run, with the benefit of a built-in audience, the appeal of a classic story, and (most importantly) the original creative team behind the hit film coming back on board to bring Strictly Ballroom to its new home on the stage.  Aside from Luhrmann, acclaimed designer Catherine Martin is again at the helm of set and costume, following recent work on The Great Gatsby and a long creative history with Luhrmann. Fellow collaborators choreographer John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce have also returned, completing the assembly of the old guard.

The key roles of Scott and Fran are played by Thomas Lacey and Phoebe Panaretos respectively, backed by an outstanding Australian cast of forty-three multi-talented performers. Still more local talent is to be found in the soundtrack, with music from artists such as Eddie Perfect and Sia complementing the show’s repertoire of original hit songs from its filmic version.


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With such a great breadth of Australian talent, Brisbane is certainly in for a treat come September. And with the great success of the show so far, we can only hope that Strictly Ballroom heralds a new golden age, not only for local productions, but for them making the long trek up to Queensland.



What Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Where Lyric Theatre, QPAC

When From 9th Sept, 2015.

How Much $50 – $150

For more information or tickets, head to QPAC’s website here.


Image Credits: Strictly Ballroom The Musical