Production images for the latest musical to hit the West End have been released as it begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Based on Baz Luhrmann’s hit film, Strictly Ballroom the Musical is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, bringing to life the heart, comedy and drama of the story for new audiences.
Strictly Ballroom tells the inspiring story of Scott Hastings, a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love.
The production stars Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey as and Fran and Scott, with Will Young taking up the bandleader role – created especially for the singer for the London run. The cast also includes: Michelle Bishop as Pam Short, Ivan De Freitas as Merv, Gabriela Garcia as Vanessa Cronin, Charlotte Gooch as Tina Sparkle, Richard Grieve as Les Kendall, Liam Marcellino as Wayne Burns, Stephen Matthews as Doug Hastings, Fernando Mira as Rico, Eve Polycarpou as Abuela, Lauren Stroud as Liz Holt and Gary Watson as Ken Railings.
Meanwhile, the ensemble is made up of: Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Selina Hamilton, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Dale White.
Based on Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film, which was the first in the director’s Red Curtain trilogy which also made of Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, the film included a soundtrack made up of songs such as “Love Is in the Air” by John Paul Young, “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” by Doris Day, and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” – which are performed live by the cast in the musical.
The production features set design by Soutra Gilmour, costume design by Catherine Martin, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound design by Gareth Owen.
Strictly Ballroom is now playing at the Piccadilly Theatre. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Love London Love Culture, See Tickets.com, Love Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk and Last Minute.com.