Baz Luhrmann has announced that he is to adapt his hit 1992 film Strictly Ballroom into a stage musical. Luhrmann, who will direct, “will commence a creative workshop of the book, text, and music in December 2010 in Sydney, Australia,” according to a Sept. 23 announcement. “The full production schedule and location of the premiere will be announced at a later date.”
Strictly Ballroom the film was co-written (with Craig Pearce) and directed by Luhrmann. It was based on a play he conceived, co-wrote and directed as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.
The film was a big hit at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Prix de le Jeunesse. Produced for less than $5 million, the film spent many weeks in the number one spot in the U.K. and Australia and earned more than $80 million. It was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Picture, Comedy or Musical category and won three BAFTA awards.
Strictly Ballroom will be produced for Global Creatures by Carmen Pavlovic and Rob Brookman in partnership with Bazmark productions.Oscar and Tony Award-winning designer Catherine Martin (Luhrmann’s wife) will, of course, be designing Strictly Ballroom for the stage.
The film seems ripe for a musical treatment, with the huge popularity of the TVseries Dancing With The Stars there should be an audience out there wanting to see ballroom dancing on the stage.