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!
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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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