Monday, May 23

Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom to open in Sydney

As previously blogged, Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann has agreed to turn his film Strictly Ballroom into a stage show. Luhrmann is spending four weeks in Sydney at the end of this year working with Global Creatures productions which has already invested millions in the project including acquiring the theatrical rights. He will be holding a workshop and looking at the show's structure, score and choreography with them.

He has just announced that Sydney has beaten London and New York to host the world premiere of the stage musical which will open at the Lyric Theatre from September 2013.

Strictly Ballroom was Luhrmann’s first film and a great hit at 1992 Cannes Film Festival. He wants to direct the production and turn it into something that will “redefine musical theatre”. "Of all my shows, Strictly Ballroom is the most personal," he said.

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