Broadway musical Ballroom is to receive its European premiere at Waterloo East Theatre 38 years after it was last seen on stage.
Developed by the Tony Award-winning co-creator of A Chorus Line Michael Bennett, who directed and choreographed the show’s only production in the late 1970s, Ballroom will play the South London venue from 12 May until 4 June with a press night on 15 May.
Based on the television movie The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, the show has a book by Jerome Kass with music by Billy Goldenberg and lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Opening on Broadway in 1978, three years after A Chorus Line made its debut, Ballroom was nominated for nine Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, winning one of each for Bennett’s choreography. The production, which starred Tony Award-winning actress Dorothy Loudon (Annie) and double Oscar nominee Vincent Gardenia (Moonstruck), played 116 performances and closed in March 1979.
The bittersweet tale centres on a lonely widow whose life is transformed after her friend suggests she visits a local dance hall.
Cast and creatives for the Waterloo East production are to be announced at a later date.