BREAKING NEWS: Baz Luhrmann is refashioning his feature directing debut Strictly Ballroom into a stage musical. The original film was written and directed by Luhrmann based on a stage play he originally conceived and cowrote as a student at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art. It’s getting another go on the stage as Luhrmann will hold a creative workshop in December in Sydney, Australia. Sounds like this one will follow a fast track to the stage.
The musical will be produced by Global Creatures and Bazmark, the latter of which Luhrmann runs with Catherine Martin. The original movie won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and launched Luhrmann’s directing star. The $5 million film went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide. Luhrmann has bee relatively quite since last directing the Hugh Jackman-Nicole Kidman-starrer Australia, and he has been working on a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby as his probable next film.
“After years of talk about bringing Strictly Ballroom to the musical stage, I’m energized by the partnership we have made with Global Creatures, an Australian company that has made a giant impression on the world’s stages over the last 3 years,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “Strictly Ballroom has always been very personal to me, the genesis drawn from my childhood experience in the world of ballroom dancing. The creative and life ideals of the story, that being that a life lived in fear is a life half lived; and creativity triumphing over creative oppression, the belief there’s always more than just one way to cha cha cha, are ideals I live and create by to this day.” WME put the deal together.