Will Young waltzes into West End transfer of Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Will Young, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen will lead the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical when it makes its West End debut in the spring.

Based on the classic film that inspired the world to dance, Strictly Ballroom The Musical will begin performances at the Piccadilly Theatre in March.

When rogue championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to compete in the Pan Pacific Championship his own way.

Their love blossoms as their routines flourish, and together they triumph in bringing down the sequin-clad regime of the Dance Federation.

Will Young, hot foot from a regional tour of Cabaret, will play the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand.

Jonny Labey (Paul Coker in EastEnders,) who burst into the national spotlight by winning the ITV show Dance Dance Dance, will make his West End debut as Scott Hastings, the maverick ballroom dancer torn between his passion and his pride.

West End regular, Zizi Strallen, will play Fran, the fledgling dancer who partners with Scott and catches his eye following his fall from grace.

Having shot to stardom as the lead in Mary Poppins, Zizi’s additional West End credits include Follies, Cats, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray and Chicago.

The cast includes Michelle Bishop (Thoroughly Modern Milly, Sunset Boulevard); Ivan De Freitas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin); Gabriela Garcia (In The Heights, Ghost); Charlotte Gooch (Top Hat, Dirty Dancing); Richard Grieve (Neighbours, Emmerdale and Priscilla Queen of the Desert); Liam Marcellino (Cabaret, Miss Saigon); Stephen Matthews (The Lion King, The Producers); Fernando Mira (ENO, Victorian State Opera); Eve Polycarpou (Villa Thalia, In The Heights); Lauren Stroud (Top Hat, Hairspray); and Gary Watson (Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, A Chorus Line, Jersey Boys).

The cast also includes Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Selina Hamilton, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Dale White.

The production originated in Australia where it was created by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin and it played a series of dates in the UK in 2016.

Drew McOnie, whose dazzling choreography for In the Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award, will direct and choreograph the West End premiere, with a book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical plays at the Piccadilly Theatre from March 16.

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