CULTURE MONSTER

'Strictly Ballroom the Musical'

The unforgiving nature of competitive ballroom dancing is revealed in "Strictly Ballroom," which follows ballroom dancer Scott Hastings as he strives to win the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship. When Scott and his partner lose a competition because he incorporates his own dance steps into their routine, he also loses said parter to the rival who beat him. He finds a new dance partner in Fran, a beginner dancer at his parents' studio, who introduces paso doble steps into their routine. Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film is based on a play Luhrmann originally developed while a student and later expanded into a production at Sydney's Wharf Theater in 1988. The musical adaptation of the film opened at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in March for a run that is planned to continue to June.
Jeff Busby / Sydney Lyric Theatre
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