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Advertisement Luhrmann and co-writer Craig Pearce don't stray far from the original screenplay and the story unfolds easily. Most of the audience is at least one step ahead and waiting for the show to catch up, however.
It's a pantomime for the most part, but the key sequences - Scott and Fran's tentative first steps, for example - are well handled. The show suffers from an allergy to any kind of nuance, but the main characters emerge clearly. Things settle by the time we get to Fran's backyard for the Paso Doble sequence. Natalie Gamsu Abuela and Fernando Mira Rico create a centre of gravity for the scene and with musicians on stage, Ballroom stops spinning its wheel for a few minutes - until a reworded Habanera from Bizet's Carmen drags us out of the moment by the scruff of the neck and into the interval.
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Most of the cast find moments to shine. Phoebe Panaretos makes us care for her ugly duckling Fran, particularly when she is assailed by the spray-tanned and scary-lean likes of Nadia Coote Tina Sparkle and Ash Bee Vanessa Cronin. As Scott, Thomas Lacey has too few opportunities to reveal the rebel's beating heart.
He's a fine dancer, but too easily overpowered in song. Heather Mitchell is outstanding as Scott's ever-smiling mother Shirley. Andrew Cook creates something appealing from the little he's given as Scott's best mate Wayne.
Rohan Browne reduces Ken Railings to a hammy drunk act. Catherine Martin's costumes are a flashy eyeful and deserve every second they get in the spotlight. Hugh Vanstone's lighting plot delights in showstopper effects.Different - Scott and Fran
John O'Connell's choreography fills the frame attractively though his dancing mirror sequence to Shooting Star, penned by Diane Warren is risible and Scott and Fran's big number — which should have the audience jumping out of their seats — falls short.
Musically speaking, Barry Fife's Dance to Win, written by Eddie Perfect, is one of the few jewels among commissioned songs that are generically attractive but dramatically ineffective. Some deeper connection has been lost in its translation to the stage, though if you're willing to switch your brain off and surrender to the lavish spectacle, you'll be entertained.
The musical of Strictly Ballroom might not capture and amplify the dramatic essence of the story in the same way, say, Priscilla or Billy Elliot managed to do, and it does have expositional problems — scenes without narrative flow and a want of that intuitive art, so integral to musical theatre, which makes song seem like a natural extension of the dialogue. But Luhrmann's flamboyant eye creates magical sequences, the choreography is, as you'd expect, a dizzying delight, and Catherine Martin's extravagant costumes bedazzle.
Strictly Ballroom the Musical sparkles but falls short
The leads don't possess the erotic heat of Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice in the film, but they're talented nonetheless. Thomas Lacey moves like an angel as the ballroom dancing prodigy who's strictly bored with playing by the book. He's a stunner and the scenes where he dances in reflected mirrors or on a rooftop with a hills hoist are visually intoxicating.
Vocally, he's not as secure as he needs to be. Phoebe Panaretos as Fran, the awkward gosling who becomes the belle of the ballroom, is almost the opposite. She has the pipes even if some of the arrangements and musical direction don't utilise them to best dramatic effect and acts with comic charm in her character's bespectacled, frumpy phase, but doesn't dance with the effortlessness of a girl transported into something more than she is.
Their best moment together is the love duet, Beautiful Surprise — one of the few poignant and hummable original songs. One problem with Strictly Ballroom, maybe the biggest, is the camping up of the ballroom dancing scene into something south of pantomime.