Cast announced for the West End premiere of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Cast announced for the West End premiere of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By LOVEtheatre Staff
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    Will Young, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen will lead the cast of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

    Based on the 1992 film that inspired the world to dance, Strictly Ballroom The Musical will make its West End debut at the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2018.

    Will Young will play the brand new role of bandleader, Wally Strand. Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, he has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He has also made a hugely acclaimed stage debut in the West End production of Cabaret.

    Jonny Labey will make his West End debut in the leading role of Scott Hastings, the maverick ballroom dancer torn between his passion and his pride. Jonny burst into the national spotlight by winning the ITV show Dance Dance Dance. Well known for playing the role of Paul Coker in EastEnders, his credits also include Soft Lad and Verge of Strife, and he can currently be seen as a new judge on CBBC’s Taking The Next Step.

    Zizi Strallen will take on the role of Fran, the fledgling dancer who partners with Scott and catches his eye following his fall from grace. Having shot to stardom as the lead in Mary Poppins, her additional West End credits include Follies, Cats, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray and Chicago.

    The cast also includes Michelle Bishop (Sunset Boulevard), Ivan De Freitas (Jesus Christ Superstar), Gabriela Garcia (In The Heights), Charlotte Gooch (Dirty Dancing), Richard Grieve (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Liam Marcellino (Cabaret), Stephen Matthews (The Lion King), Fernando Mira (ENO), Eve Polycarpou (In The Heights), Lauren Stroud (Top Hat) and Gary Watson (Jersey Boys).

    Based on the multi-award-winning movie and first instalment of Baz Luhrmann's acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy, Strictly Ballroom The Musical is a kaleidoscope of colour and fun. When rogue championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to compete in the Pan Pacific Championship his own way. Their love blossoms as their routines flourish, and together they triumph in bringing down the sequin-clad regime of the Dance Federation.

    Featuring the film’s iconic music such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, Strictly Ballroom The Musical will also include electrifying songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.

    The doors will open to the opulent and glamorous world of Strictly Ballroom The Musical from March 2018 at the Piccadilly Theatre. Book your tickets today!