About the showOlivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie directs Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical, which dances into the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre for a limited season. After a successful revival at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, the vibrant production comes to the London stage, bringing with it some sensational dance!
Adapted from Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film of the same name, Strictly Ballroom is the heart-warming story of Scott, a competitive ballroom dancer who insists on bending the rules to create his own moves. When he teams up with left-footed partner Fran, Scott goes out of his way to follow his heart and win the Pan Pacifics his own way.
With music and lyrics by Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, and a book by Luhrmann and Craig Pierce, Strictly Ballroom features a stellar score from hit artists including Doris Day and Cyndi Lauper. Boasting songs from the original film, the musical includes tunes such as “Love is in the Air”, “Time After Time”, “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” and “Standing in the Rain”.
Drew McOnie leads the production, with previous credits including Olivier Award-winning shows In the Heights and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the recent On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Further credits include Jekyll & Hyde and the upcoming King Kong. Writer Baz Luhrmann is best known for his unique brand of films, such as The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge.
Gemma Sutton, Sam Lips, Tamsin Carroll, Eve Polycarpou and Stephen Matthews starred in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production, with new casting for the West End transfer yet to be announced.
A colourful production that inspired the world to dance, Strictly Ballroom the Musical plays at the Piccadilly Theatre from March 16th 2018, with a press night on April 11th 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of Strictly Come Dancing will love to see dancing season continued into the new year! Strictly Ballroom is also perfect for fans of the film, as well as those who love Dirty Dancing, Tango Moderno and other dance-based musicals.
Strictly Ballroom the Musical is suitable for all ages.