Thomas Lacey Dances Into Leading Role of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom

By Adam Hetrick
06 Nov 2013

Thomas Lacey
Thomas Lacey

Australian performer Thomas Lacey has been cast as Scott Hastings in the stage premiere of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom, which will begin performances March 25, 2014, at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia.

The 18-year-old performer is best known for his role on the Australian television series "Dance Academy." He has also appeared on stage in Singin' in the Rain, Oliver! and The Wizard of Oz.

Paul Mercurio originated the role of Scott in the 1992 film. Additional casting has not been announced.

Global Creatures and Bazmark produce the stage production that reunites members of the film's original creative team, including Lurmann, who co-writes with Craig Pearce, as well as set and costume designer Catherine Martin and choreographer John "Cha Cha" O'Connell.



The engagement is currently selling through June 1, 2014.

The stage production promises "the beloved songs of the original film weaved into a score also featuring new songs from world class composers." It has not been announced which songwriters are contributing material to the live production.

Global Creatures producer Carmen Pavlovic (King Kong) is hopeful that Strictly Ballroom The Musical will have a future Broadway life.

According to the creators, "Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann created as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984."

Lurhmann co-wrote and directed the film about the world of competitive ballroom dancing, which was originally conceived and presented as a stage play.

"Of all of my shows, 'Strictly Ballroom' is the most personal," Luhrmann said in an earlier statement. "From escaping into the world of competitive ballroom dancing as a child, and my mother going on to be a dance teacher, through to the formative moment at the National Institute of Dramatic Art when a group of talented students and I brought together the classical myth of triumph over oppression and placed it in this world of suburban theatre, the first production of Strictly Ballroom was born."

Lurhmann is well known for his films "Moulin Rouge," "Romeo + Juliet," "Australia," "The Great Gatsby" and the Broadway production of the Puccini opera La Boheme.

Visit StrictlyBallroomthemusical.com.