Will Young, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen will lead the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical when it makes its West End debut in 2018, it has been announced.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the uplifting story that inspired the world to dance and is based on Baz Luhrmann’s multi-award-winning movie.
When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way. The musical features the film’s classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time alongside electrifying new songs.
Internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Young, will play the brand new role of bandleader, Wally Strand. Since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, he has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music with four No1 albums, as well as acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents, and his hugely acclaimed stage debut as the Emcee in the West End production of Cabaret.
Jonny Labey will make his West End debut in the leading role of Scott Hastings, the maverick ballroom dancer torn between his passion and his pride. Jonny burst into the national spotlight by winning the ITV show Dance Dance Dance. Jonny, well known for playing the role of Paul Coker in EastEnders, has also starred in the film Soft Lad, headlined the play Verge of Strife, and can currently be seen as a new judge on CBBC’s Taking The Next Step.
Zizi Strallen will play the role of Fran, the fledgeling 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 also includes Michelle Bishop (Thoroughly Modern Milly, Sunset Boulevard) as Pam Short, Ivan De Freitas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin) as Merv, Gabriela Garcia (In The Heights, Ghost) as Vanessa Cronin, Charlotte Gooch (Top Hat, Dirty Dancing) as Tina Sparkle, Richard Grieve (Neighbours, Emmerdale and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Les Kendall, Liam Marcellino (Cabaret, Miss Saigon) as Wayne Burns, Stephen Matthews (The Lion King, The Producers) as Doug Hastings, Fernando Mira (ENO, Victorian State Opera) as Rico, Eve Polycarpou (Villa Thalia, In The Heights) as Abuela, Lauren Stroud (Top Hat, Hairspray) as Liz Holt & Gary Watson (Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, A Chorus Line, Jersey Boys) as Ken Railings.
Completing the line-up are Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Selina Hamilton, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda & Dale White.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical is at the Piccadilly Theatre from 16th March, with tickets available HERE.
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