Neither did it look as if the singing and dancing had been worked together into a theatrical whole.
I would be slow to blame excellent Musical Director Jesse Budel for this.
Director Byrne, by engaging the operators of the Arthur Murray Dance Centre Adelaide as co-choreographers, ensured that ballroom dance has been taught thoroughly and, in some cases, polished to a gleam.
The work of Choreographers Tara Johnston and Thomas Coghlan is evident in the whole ensemble’s dance work.
Kurt Benton (playing Scott Hastings) and Kate Harrison (playing Fran) both have sufficient stamina, as well as the dance chops needed to convince us.
Benton gets to display his balletic ability as well as a good ballroom discipline.
There’s ‘ballroom’ in the title, so dance is a primary element of this piece.
The popularity of the film means that audience members have high expectations.
Likewise, the unflappable Patrick Maher’s on-stage guitar sequence in the Paso Doble. Sound balance in the auditorium is still a bit of an issue, but I expect it to be resolved early in the run.
As a joyous fable of the triumph of individual artistry over the dead weight of traditional values, this show is, as ever, an inspiration.