Wheeler, Furler, Perfect, Foster & Warren Create Music and Lyrics for Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL

On Tuesday 25 February 2014 internationally renowned director, BAZ LUHRMANN, who is hard at work in the rehearsal room at Carriageworks, announced the extraordinary composers he and co-writer CRAIG PEARCE have collaborated with in order to bring STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL to life on stage.

Australian audiences will have the privilege of hearing new music and lyrics from some of the world's leading composers including Australia's own ELLIOTT WHEELER, SIA FURLER and EDDIE PERFECT along with celebrated American songwriters DAVID FOSTER and DIANE WARREN, who between them have won all the most prestigious music awards including Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy Awards.

Baz is particularly thrilled to again be working with acclaimed Sydney based music producer and composer Elliott Wheeler with whom he has worked on many projects including a worldwide campaign for Australian Tourism and most recently The Great Gatsby. Elliott has composed a number of new songs for the production and much of the linking music and arrangements.

David Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and racked up three Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. In June 2010, he was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. He has worked with Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole and Stevie Wonder to name but a few. He also produced and arranged one of the biggest selling singles of all time I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard soundtrack. David has co-written a stunning new song titled Beautiful Surprise collaborating with MoZella, Bernie Herms and Linda Thompson.

Diane Warren has written for some of the biggest names in music including Elton John, Cher, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Michael Bolton, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion and LeAnn Rimes. Her song Because You Loved Me sung by Celine Dion from the Up Close and Personal soundtrack is just one of her many award winning songs.

Australian artist Sia Furler, best known as Sia, is behind some of the biggest recent hits from artists which include Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. For her tracks for 'Strictly Ballroom' Sia has worked with lyricists Sam Dixon, Neff-U and Isaac Hasons.

Singer-songwriter, actor and comedian Eddie Perfect is best known to Australian audiences for his role in the TV drama Offspring and writer of the Helpmann Award winning musical Shane Warne: The Musical. His solo shows include Angry Eddie, the political satire Drink Pepsi, Bitch! which toured festivals in the UK, New Zealand and Australia including a season at the Sydney Opera House, and most recently the cultural satire Misanthropology as part of the 2011 Sydney Festival for which he won a Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer.

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