Strictly Ballroom is a Australian ballroom dance film. Secretly, however, he longs to try some new, original steps in his dancing. When the authorities of the ballroom dance world his mum Shirley, his uncle Len, and local ballroom head honcho Barry Fife discover this, they pressure him to conform. But then he meets ugly duckling dance student Fran Tara Moricewho thinks he should follow his dreams--and offers to dance with him.
Tweet Share "A life lived in fear is a life half lived" or so say the characters of Strictly Ballroom in both the musical and the original film. Anyone who has ever seen anything created by Baz Luhrmann would agree that Baz never does anything by halves and he is certainly fearless. To take one of your most popular and iconic films and turn it into a stage musical requires courage and a whole lot of confidence and creativity, none of which Baz Luhrmann lacks.
The resulting musical, which opened Saturday night, is one that will please and entertain fans of the iconic film and will also create a new generation of fans of the story in its new form. In case you've lived under a rock for twenty years or were born in the s, the plot of Strictly Ballroom revolves around Scott Hastings, a talented amateur ballroom dancer whose overbearing family and 'friends' try to control and push in the direction they see fit for him whilst he dreams of being an individual and dancing his own steps.
To the horror of seemingly everyone, Scott finds a partner in a beginner dancer from his studio, the wallflower Fran whose Spanish family help Scott discover the true meanings of passion and rhythm.
Set in the early s 'meat raffle at the leagues club' era in Australia, Strictly Ballroom the Musical is purposefully daggy in parts from the outfits of Scott's father Doug to the huge posters of fake dance clubs and s advertisements adorning the walls of the Lyric Theatre. The daggy, however, is completely contrasted by the overwhelming sparkle.
The show is certainly not lacking in glitz and glamour. In fact, I don't think I have ever seen that much sparkle in the one room. The costumes are sunning and the various sets used are effective for setting the scene and the transitions between them are smooth.
A musical is only as good as its music and this was what I most eagerly anticipated about Strictly Ballroom the Musical.
Would the original music both stay true to the heart of the much-loved movie and also meet the high demands placed on a musical soundtrack?
Would there be a notable '11 o'clock number' or just-before-interval crowd pleaser that would become synonymous with the show alike that of "Defying Gravity" in Wicked?
The answer to both these questions is, well, sort of. In terms of its songs, Strictly Ballroom the Musical isn't quite the traditional musical full of big numbers and music that feels consistent but then that is Baz, he doesn't follow; he leads.
The songs of Strictly Ballroom the Musical are eclectic and diverse, being written by a variety of song writers including comedian Eddie Perfect, Elliott Wheeler and time Grammy Awards winner David Foster. The unique talents of each lyricist were used to full effect with, for example, Eddie Perfect playing to his comedic strengths by creating witty and snarky lyrics which added humour and light-entertainment mostly through the secondary characters.
Whilst "Time After Time", "Love is in the Air" and "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" provided a great nostalgic shout-out to the original movie and were seamlessly incorporated into the plot development, the show highlight song-wise for me was a new original number, "Beautiful Surprise", co-written by David FosterMoZella, Bernie Herms and Linda Thompson.
I have not been able to get its appropriately beautiful lyrics out of my head and I look forward to the release of a cast recording so I can hear it once again. Normally in reviews I find myself raving about lead cast members and Thomas Lacey Scott and Phoebe Panaretos Fran were solid in their respective roles but it was the supporting characters that really stole the show.
The applause at curtain call suggested that many agreed with me that the most convincing and entertaining performers were Drew Forsythe as Scott's daggy father Doug Hastings, Heather Mitchell as Scott's overbearing mother Shirley and Robert Grubb as the conniving president of the Australian Dance Federation Barry Fife.
Vocally, the stand out for me was Natalie Gamsu as Fran's Abuela Spanish for Grandmother who earnt numerous shouts of approval from the audience seemingly every time she opened her mouth. Strictly Ballroom the Musical is a fun night out with quality acting, engaging music, spectacular choreography and entertaining audience participation.
Audience participation has been tried by many shows of late and I've often felt it too forced and detrimental but Luhrmann has used it to great effect.“A life lived in fear is a life half lived.” Baz Luhrman – Strictly Ballroom Just finished my session and I could literally cry tears of relief.
In one hour Jason Clark, CMT removed about 90% of my pain, my mobility in my neck has dramatically improved, and the professional demeanor and kindness I experienced from Jason was phenomenal. He talks about his Elvis movie, his boho love life – and resurrecting Strictly Ballroom for the stage.
“A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.”. A life lived in fear is a life half lived. Strictly Ballroom is many things.
21 Facts You Didn't Know About Baz Luhrmann’s “Strictly Ballroom" "A life lived in fear is a life half lived.". How "Strictly Ballroom" Shows That "A Life Lived in Fear Is a Life Half Lived" Summary: In the film "Strictly Ballroom," the central characters Scott, Shirley, and Doug all live their lives in fear, until Fran teaches them to be courageous and to follow their hearts. Strictly Ballroom is a tale of being fearless and passionate when going through life and being willing to risk it all for the sake of something you love. The motto, which is also included on Baz.
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