The songs of George and Ira Gershwin are synonymous with an unforgettable time in America’s history. Strictly Gershwin evokes the silver screen magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and the glamour of a golden age. With its gorgeous Gershwin tunes, dancing, singing and all-out razzmatazz, Strictly Gershwin is a glorious celebration of one of the finest composers of the 20th century, whose music defined the loves, hopes and mood of a generation.
Let the signature, sliding notes of the saxophone draw you into Rhapsody in Blue, a gorgeous tutu number with flowing lines and crisp phrasing. Climb the Stairway to Paradise and feel the heat of Summertime, a sensual and simmering pas de deux. Find your Fascinatin’ Rhythm and try to stay in your seat for dazzling tap numbers and a feel-good musical medley of some of the Gershwin’s best-known songs.
With stunning choreography from Derek Deane, the dancers of Queensland Ballet and special guests will take you on a glamorous journey through ballet, tap and ballroom, culminating in a spectacular grand finale – the sparkling, energetic ballet from An American in Paris. Tap artist Bill Simpson (from Red Hot Rhythm) will choreograph and perform in the tap sequences along with Kris Kerr.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Gareth Valentine is on-stage, 1930s big band-style, as much a part of the entertainment as the dancers. Rachael Beck, Michael Falzon, Luke Kennedy and Alexandra Flood will also be on stage to perform some Gershwin’s best loved tunes.
Strictly Gershwin is an unforgettable and enchanting celebration of Gershwin’s timeless classics including: An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime, Strike up the Band, Someone to Watch over Me, ‘S Wonderful, Shall We Dance, I Got Rhythm and many more!
“Evoking the silver screen magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and the glamour of a golden age, Strictly Gershwin is a fixture in English National Ballet’s repertoire,” says Li Cunxin, Artistic Director Queensland Ballet. “With impeccable production values and uncompromised artistry, this song and dance spectacular will be an entertainment highlight in Brisbane in 2016.”
Lyric Theatre – QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank (Brisbane)
Season continues to 4 June 2016
Bookings: www.qpac.com.au (sold out – check with venue for any tickets, that maybe come available)
For more information, visit: www.queenslandballet.com.au for details.
Image: Shane Wuerthner and Lisa Edwards in Strictly Gershwin – photo by Simon Lekias