The Story That Inspired The World To Dance
Global Creatures presents
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Based on the much loved Australian film
Melbourne Tickets On Sale Monday 21 July
Baz Luhrmann’s much-loved hit show STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will open in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre in January 2015.
The Melbourne premiere is scheduled for Saturday 17th January and tickets for the Melbourne season will go on sale on Monday 21st July from www.ticketek.com.au.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL had its Global Premiere on Saturday 12 April at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star where it is currently playing.
This new production is staged by the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.
Playing the pivotal roles of ‘Scott Hastings’ and ‘Fran’ is Thomas Lacey and Phoebe Panaretos who lead an outstanding Australian cast of 43 including Bob Baines as Les Kendall, Drew Forsythe as Doug Hastings, Natalie Gamsu as Abuela, Robert Grubb as Barry Fife, Fernando Mira as Rico, Heather Mitchell as Shirley Hastings and Mark Owen-Taylor as JJ Silvers.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984.
Following the first performances, Baz Luhrmann was invited to re-stage the play for the Czechoslovakian World Youth Drama Festival in Bratislava in 1986 where it won best production and Luhrmann best director. Then, after a preview season at the Brisbane Expo in 1988, the play opened at the Wharf Studios in Sydney.
"It seems so fitting that the very first shot I ever did in my first motion picture was shot in Melbourne for the final climatic scene at ’The Pan Pacifics’. I remember distinctively, I had five cameras and was trying to shoot during a real competition. We then went on to post-produce and mix all of the film entirely in Melbourne, so it really does feel a little bit like it's coming home to where the film began.” – Baz Luhrmann, Director
Carmen Pavlovic, CEO, Global Creatures said “It’s a proud and thrilling collaboration for Global Creatures to be in partnership with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. This musical production has been conceived with the community in mind and the decision to premiere the show in Australia was born out of a desire to bring Strictly Ballroom full circle to where it all began. We are delighted to be bringing the show to Melbourne and we can’t wait for Melbournians to experience this brand new Australian production and to reconnect with the story of Strictly Ballroom live on stage.”
Strictly Ballroom went on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office. Discovered at the Cannes Film Festival, it was winner of the Prix de Jeunnesse and runner up for the Palme D’Or. When released in Australia, Strictly Ballroom swept the field at the 1992 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, gaining 13 nominations and winning in eight major categories. It was also a major success at the 1993 BAFTA awards, where it garnered eight nominations and won three awards for Best Costume Design, Best Original Film Score and Best Production Design. Other accolades included a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, Newcomer of the Year at the 1993 London Critics Circle Film Awards, the People’s Choice at the 1992 Toronto International Film Festival and Most Popular Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. With the success of the film, its closing song, a remake of the John Paul Young song Love is in the Air, re-entered the Australian charts and became a Top 5 hit in October 1992.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL features break-into-song numbers created from original classics from the film, Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, and Time After Time as well as some wonderful new songs by artists such as Eddie Perfect and Sia.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is produced in Australia by Global Creatures and Bazmark.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL acknowledges the support of our key partners including Official Airline partner Virgin Australia and Major Partner Bonds.
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Dates: From mid-January 2015
Performance Times: Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 1pm & 8pm
Thursday at 8pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Opening Night: Saturday 17th January
Prices: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Evenings, tickets $55 - $135
Wednesday Matinee, tickets $55 - $120
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, tickets $60 - $150
Bookings: Tickets now on sale Monday 21st July
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