Published on June 17th, 2014 | by admin

Strictly Ballroom The Musical Melbourne Season Confirmed!

The Story That Inspired The World To Dance   

Global Creatures presents Baz Luhrmann’s

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Directed by Baz Luhrmann 

Based on the much loved Australian film 

Melbourne Season Confirmed at  Her Majesty’s Theatre from January 2015 

Global Creatures confirmed today that Baz Luhrmann’s much-loved hit show STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will open in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre in January 2015.

Tickets for STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will go on sale on Monday 21st July from

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL had its Global Premiere on Saturday 12 April at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star.  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.

“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.  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 to have our audiences carry with them as they dance down the aisles.” – 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 productionhas 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. The post production for the film of Strictly Ballroom took place in Melbourne making the city a special part of this iconic title’s journey. 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.”

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. 

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.

Advance tickets will be available to all Visa Credit, Debit and Prepaid cardholders from 9am (local time) Friday 11 July until 11.59pm (local time) Sunday 20 July 2014 or until presale tickets sell out at  /  /   twitter@strictlystage 

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

Prices:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Evenings

Wednesday Matinee

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Bookings: Tickets now on sale Monday 21st July or 132 849

Groups 20+ and School Groups 20+ call 1300 364 001

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