Sydney has beaten New York and London to the rights to host the world premiere of the stage musical of the iconic Australian film Strictly Ballroom.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell this morning announced that the Lyric Theatre would host Strictly Ballroom – the Musical from September 2013.
“This is about bringing the best to Sydney,” Mr O’Farrell said.
Creator Baz Luhrmann said the decision to premiere Strictly Ballroom in Sydney was a natural one for a quintessentially Australian story with global appeal.
“It’s a simple show with a simple truth and a simple heart that seems to have grown and grown and now completes the circle of its journey, returning to the city where it all began, Sydney, as an all-singing all-dancing musical production,” Luhrmann said.
It is a story close to Luhrmann’s heart as he grew up in the world of competitive ballroom dancing.
It was originally devised in Sydney at National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 1986. The film starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice and Bill Hunter was produced in 1992 and subsquently lauded at the Cannes Film Festival.
Mr O’Farrell said pursuing major events was a priority in his strategy to rebuild the NSW economy. Events NSW estimates each internationally renowned musical can generate $20 million for the local economy over six months.
Strictly Ballroom is the latest addition to Sydney’s musical stage productions, with The Addams Family also due to premier in 2013 and Legally Blonde in 2012.

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    Charmaine Peggy says:

    Hi There,
    I hope this reaches you well. I was enquiring about auditions for Strictly Ballroom the musical. Are you holding auditions for this?
    I have 12 years of Latin and ballroom experience, and danced level 5 (A grade) Ballroom and New Vogue. I still have Latin lessons in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs dance studio’s.
    I have drama and acting experience also, and have been on stage before in theatre productions.
    I would love to have the opportunity to audition, or if you could put me in the right direction, this would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks so much 🙂
    Charmaine Peggy

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    Chris Duncan says:

    Hi Charmaine,
    Auditions for Fran and Scott are coming up over the coming weeks (July) and full cast auditions will be held over the coming months.
    For further details contact
    Yours in Dance!
    Chris Duncan – DanceLife

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    Hello, I am a Latin dancer and competition, junior level. I have great experience in acting, drama and performing, I am in an agent, as well. I would love to come and audition for a part in this movie, to show my performing and acting skills. I do compete all the time with ballroom, new vogue and Latin. I have a wide range of hio hop, jazz and ballet experience, i am very confident, I am 15 years of age, please let me know when auditions are held, thanks kindly Annalise , I have emailed you my details, will you let me know for auditions thankyou

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    At this stage ensemble auditions are months away. We do not have a confirmed timeframe as yet. I will keep your enquiry on file and let you know when we have further casting details.
    Chris Duncan
    DanceLife Australia
    CJ Duncan Management

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    Giselle Peacock says:

    I would also be interested in auditioning for a part in the show . I have been touring with Jason Gilkinsons Broadway show “Burn The FLoor ” for 6 years and am now residing in Sydney . I do not have an agent here so I am a bit out of the loop when it comes to finding out about auditions and such so it would be great if you can also keep me on file when further auditions take place .
    I have won numerous ballroom latin dance titles all over the world and have 6 years of theater experience . Including an 8 month run on Broadway .
    Thank you very much and I hope to here from you in the near future .
    Giselle Peacock

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    Thankyou for replying to me, I will hear from you then
    I’m excited for this great experience, and excited to audition
    Thankyou . Annalise

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    Hi my name is Kelsey,
    I’m 17 years old. I was really wanting to audition for the musical and was wondering if there are auditions for the ensemble in Melbourne and when they are.
    I have lots of experience, as I have been doing Latin, Ballroom and New Vogue for 4 years and have been competing.
    Thank you, hope to hear from you soon,

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