Broadway musical Ballroom to receive its European debut at Waterloo East Theatre

Ballroom23Broadway 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.

Angela Thomas

www.waterlooeast.co.uk

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