Friday, November 10

Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Will Young cast in Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom

Baz Bamigboye has just revealed  initial casting  for the  West End production of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom which will directed by Drew McOnie and open at London's Piccadilly Theatre on 11th April with previews starting on 16th March. Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen will lead the cast while Will Young (who is currently appearing as the Emcee in the tour of Cabaret)  takes on the specially created role of a band leader.

The company  will also include  Michelle Bishop (Thoroughly Modern Milly, Sunset Boulevard) as Pam Short, Ivan De Freitas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin) as Merv, Gabriela Garcia (In The Heights, Ghost) as Vanessa Cronin, Charlotte Gooch (Top Hat, Dirty Dancing) as Tina Sparkle, Richard Grieve (Neighbours, Emmerdale and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Les Kendall, Liam Marcellino (Cabaret, Miss Saigon) as Wayne Burns, Stephen Matthews (The Lion King, The Producers) as Doug Hastings, Fernando Mira (ENO, Victorian State Opera) as Rico, Eve Polycarpou (Villa Thalia, In The Heights) as Abuela, Lauren Stroud (Top Hat, Hairspray) as Liz Holt & Gary Watson (Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, A Chorus Line, Jersey Boys) as Ken Railings with Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Selina Hamilton, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda & Dale White
Jonny Labey played Paul Coker in EastEnders and won ITV’s Dance, Dance, Dance in 2017. Labey's credits include shows including In the Heights and White Christmas.  He will play Scott Hastings, a young man who longs to invent new dance steps when he enters the fictional Pan-Pacific dance competition.

Zizi Strallen's  theatre credits include the titular role in the UK tour of Mary Poppins, Merrily We Roll Along, Carmen most recently sheappeared in Follies at the National. She plays Fran, a shy cleaner who has moves of her own, but is too scared to use them  until Scott shows her how to shake it up.


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