Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Strictly Ballroom The Musical has made its way to Brisbane with a diamond cast who hold brilliant talent for song, dance and theatre.

Brought to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre by Global Creatures, the stage performance is based on the Australian romantic comedy film that has been captivating the country since its release in 1992.


The original team who formed the classic film demonstrate their creativity once again through this theatrical performance, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical brings laughter, determination and love to the stage as the inspiring story of a struggling champion ballroom dancer and a beginner who offers more than what meets the eye unfolds.

Leading roles Scott Hastings, performed byThomas Lacey, and Fran-gipani, played by Phoebe Panaretos, show incredible on-stage chemistry as they defy the rules of love and more.

As Scott and Fran’s relationship grows so does their partnership in dance. They move from rehearsals in the studio after hours to high profile competitions where their own moves take centre stage.

The tale also highlights life lessons about family, determination and staying true to ones self.


The leading actors are joined by a stellar Australian cast of 43, including Bob Baines as Les Kendall, Natalie Gamsu as Abuela, Robert Grubb as Barry Fife, Fernando Mira as Rico, Heather Mitchell as Shirley Hastings and Mark Owen-Taylor as JJ Silvers.

The costume and set design creates a colourful, vivacious and unbelievably glittering environment that holds equally sparkling talent.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical is an imaginative, energetic and sparkling performance that reveals never-ending surprises that excite and dazzle their audience.

Feature image and image one by Jeff Busby.

Image two by Douglas Kirkland.

DetailsStrictly Ballroom The Musical | Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane | 10 to 17 October 2015 | $50.00 to $150.00