As a massive disciple of the innovative filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, I am so excited at this new development. His 1992 film, “Strictly Ballroom,” exposed the world to highly competitive ballroom in Australia. Now the jewel returns home as a musical (with the potential to go to Broadway).
Originally posted on Variety:
A stage show derived from his 1992 movie “Strictly Ballroom” is set to begin previews in Sydney from March 25, 2014 and an official opening in April at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Some 30 professional dance pairs led the dancing Sunday outside the Sydney Opera House and in total some 1,200 people took part, claiming a world record for the number of couples dancing the Samba in one place.
“Most people know ‘Strictly Ballroom’ as a movie but it began, as a piece of theatre and now it is an all-singing, all-dancing, live, stage musical,” Luhrmann said. “But it is more than that. As a show it reaches out not only to the audience but also to the community to become involved. That’s what dancing does. It allows everybody to participate so it seemed like a fun and a fitting idea for us all to meet on the forecourt of the Opera House and create a scene together from Strictly Ballroom,”