Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Strictly Ballroom The Musical Melbourne - The Media Call with Baz Luhrmann...


Very recently, I was offered the exclusive opportunity to attend the media call for the Melbourne stage production of Strictly Ballroom The Musical, currently playing at Her Majesty's Theatre.

Myself, along with a handful of other bloggers and general media were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this spectacular musical production both front of house and behind the scenes. We were able to meet the cast and take photographs.

The media call was an exciting two hour event, punctuated by talks from the talented and multi award winning Australian Director, Baz Luhrmann and his award winning set and costume designer partner and Wife, Catherine Martin.


During the exclusive session, Baz offered up some of the intriguing background to the sensational movie by the same title. If you've somehow missed the fabulous movie Strictly Ballroom (1992), then perhaps you are well acquainted with some of the other huge features by this same duo, who are responsible for several notable box office blockbusters including Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia and most recently, The Great Gatsby.

 
During our informative and exciting session, Baz reflected on his childhood, his time at NIDA, where he studied dramatic arts and the birth of the Strictly Ballroom phenomenon, which began as a 40 minute play in his student days, loosely based on his own childhood experiences as a competitive ballroom dancer.
 
Attendees were treated to three breathtaking performances from the show which were each repeated twice over: Once to photograph and once just to sit back and take it all in! Wow!
 

It's been a while since I'd seen the movie but it all came back to me quickly watching these memorable scenes and hearing the unforgettable songs. Here, cast leads Scott Hastings, (played by Thomas Lacey) and Fran (Phoebe Panaretos), fall for one another to the tune of Time After Time.


 
Incredible costumes, colours and unforgettable characters!


Below: Scenes from the sensational Spanish song and dance segment. This part was a personal favourite in the movie and was absolutely incredible to witness live on stage! This stage show has all the hallmarks of movement and colour Baz Luhrmann's movie direction is famous for.


 
After our glimpse of the show, it was time for more photographic opportunities and questions, set against the backdrop of this incredible, sparkling red curtain worth thousands of dollars.



Baz Luhrmann, Phoebe Panaretos, Thomas Lacey and Catherine Martin.
 


 
 
 
 
The Spanish cast.
 
 
 
While Baz was interviewed by the media at the conclusion of the event, we were escorted backstage for an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the world behind the curtains of Her Majesty's Theatre.
 
 
The tiny makeup space responsible for creating the magical and glamorous look of the production and a glimpse of some of the extensive wigs and hairpieces worn by the cast.
 
 
Catherine Martin's magnificent ballroom gowns rest, post-performance in the wardrobe area.
 
Strictly Ballroom The Musical is an amazing Australian story brought to life on stage at
Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Purchase tickets to the Melbourne show of Strictly Ballroom The Musical here.
Playing for a strictly limited season. Don't miss this!
 
#StriclyBallroomTheMusical #StrictlyStage #Nuffnang
 
Image courtesy of Sweet Words Pretty Pictures.
 
*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts was invited to attend this event and received tickets to the show
with thanks to Nuffnang Advertising.
I absolutely loved attending the media call and look forward to seeing the full production
as a guest of Nuffnang this evening - thank you!
 
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31 comments:

  1. Looks great - glad you enjoyed it. What fab costumes.

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    1. The costumes are incredible and we saw the show last night - there's many gowns not even shown here. (The show was sensational!)

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  2. Wow, it looks great! Strictly Ballroom was one of my favourite movies, I can even remember going to the cinemas to watch it with my Mum!

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    1. I haven't seen the movie in years but I will be buying a copy for the kids today. :D

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  3. Wow! What a fabulous opportunity! I've seen the movie several times - would love to see the musical version!

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    1. It was just gorgeous with some striking scenes. I may have to go again!

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  4. Sounds like an absolutely awesome experience. I must admit I have never seen Strictly Ballroom all the way though. I've seen bits and pieces but never the whole thing. I might have to remedy this very soon! #teamIBOT

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    1. You must see this or the movie version Kylie - it's distinctly Australian.

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  5. What a fabulous opportunity to see behind the scenes. And I am loving that curtain!

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    1. It's stunning isn't it! It is so lush and the perfect backdrop for this stage musical.

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  6. What a great opportunity. Being at a musical is one of my happiest places on earth. I don't have interest in watching the movie but I would watch this live. It's looks spectacular. I'm such a big fan of Baz! What an inspirational human being. I'm glad you got to have a fun night out! Spoiled!

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    1. I agree. Live theatre is total escapism in a way that no other entertainment experience can compare. I was lost in this show for a good 2.5 hours last night and it was wonderful. x

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  7. Oh I remember seeing that movie for the first time! How lucky you were! Would love to see the show

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    1. I have the songs on a loop in my mind today...and I am enjoying them muchly!

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  8. What an amazing opportunity! I am so jealous. I'm a huge Baz Lurhmann fan, and a huge musical fan. How lucky you were indeed! Can't wait to see the show myself.

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    1. You will love this Jodi.
      I turned down an opportunity to be in the movie in some Melbourne scenes. (Baz personally chose me from my casting agent's books). I always regretted it! This event more than made up for it however. Second chances do come along after all! Make sure you see this!

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  9. What an amazing opportunity! I would have loved to have seen that. The costumes look amazing. I hope they come to Brisbane!

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    1. It is a wonderful show Renee. I hope you get the chance to see it too. Every Australian should - it's so 'local' with characters that are uniquely Australian.

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  10. I'm hoping there will be something similar for bloggers when this show comes to Perth. Can't wait.

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  11. What an awesome event to be invited to as a blogger!!!
    Thanks for linking on The Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!!!
    Have a great week!
    Karren

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  12. What great pictures! It looks like it was such a fun time too! Thank you for linking up with us at the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Link Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    xx
    Lysa

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  13. Wow what a great opportunity! I loved the movie, the stage show looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing

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  14. It looks wonderful. What a terrific opportunity. Jx

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  15. You got some amazing photos.
    I saw you at a distance on Tuesday night but didn't get a chance to say hello, wasn't it a fabulous show!

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  16. Great post! Wasn't it a fabulous experience! Lovely to meet you...and wasn't the whole show incredible!
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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  17. How cool! Do you know I have never actually even watched Strictly Ballroom the movie and the last musical I went to was the Lion King... 10 years ago lol xx

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  18. How FUN! Sad to say - I have never been to musical :(

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  19. Wow, what a treat! I loved the musical - how amazing to see Baz Lurhman and Catherine Martin in person. #aussieparentingbloggers

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