This week at Carriageworks Redfern, Director Baz Luhrmann began an eight week intensive rehearsal period for “Strictly Ballroom The Musical”, the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This brand new theatrical production will be brought to the stage 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.
Chosen from an audition process that lasted eight months and involved close to 600 auditionees, newcomers Thomas Lacey and Phoebe Panaretos will play the roles of Scott Hastings and Fran. Thomas and Phoebe will be joined by principal performers Heather Mitchell, Drew Forsythe, Mark Owen-Taylor, Robert Grubb, Bob Baines, Fernando Mira and Natalie Gamsu plus the entire 43 member multi-talented cast.
“Strictly Ballroom The Musical” will commence previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on Tuesday 25 March 2014, with the official World Premiere tangoing and sashaying onto the world’s stage on Saturday 12 April 2014.
Sandra Tiltman Photo: John Pond