Strictly Gershwin

27 May — 4 June, Lyric Theatre, QPAC

Queensland Ballet and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

Strictly Gershwin is a spectacular tribute to George Gershwin and the big band era of the thirties.

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 music adapted by Gareth Valentine and sensational choreography by Derek Deane, this is a fabulous ballet spectacular not to be missed.

Featuring Gershwin’s greatest hits 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!

This is Queensland Ballet like you’ve never seen us, as we welcome special guests and a live jazz orchestra to the Lyric Theatre stage.

From the Artistic Director

Li Cunxin

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About the Production

Strictly Gershwin is a glorious celebration of one of the finest composers of the 20th century.

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Rachael Beck, Michael Falzon, Luke Kennedy and Alexandra Flood will be joining QB on stage to perform some of the best loved Gershwin tunes.

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Guest tap artist Bill Simpson (from Red Hot Rhythm) will choreograph and perform in the tap sequences along with Kris Kerr.
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After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.




Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances.

Click here to read the Strictly Gershwin program.



2 hours and 30 minutes
(including a 20 minute interval)



Introduce your students to dance through our range of dance workshops for all ages and abilities. Our EdSquad dancers come to your school to deliver safe, educative and inspiring dance experiences.

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Devised, choreographed & directed by Derek Deane
Words and Music George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Music adapted, supervised and conducted by Gareth Valentine
With Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Lighting Design Howard Harrison
Costume Design Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Assistant to the Choreographer Ivan Gil Ortega
Tap Choreographer/Artist Bill Simpson
Orchestrator Don Sebesky
Lyricist DuBose Heyward

Rachael Beck
Michael Falzon
Alexandra Flood
Luke Kennedy
Guest Pianist Daniel Le

Costumes and props from English National Ballet.

Generously supported by Amanda Talbot.

GERSHWIN is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises and is used under license.


  • Friday 27 May — 7:30pm Fri 27 May — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 28 May — 1:30pm Sat 28 May — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 28 May — 7:30pm Sat 28 May — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 31 May — 6:30pm Tue 31 May — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 1 June — 1:30pm Wed 1 Jun — 1:30pm
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  • Wednesday 1 June — 7:30pm Wed 1 Jun — 7:30pm
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  • Thursday 2 June — 7:30pm Thu 2 Jun — 7:30pm
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  • Friday 3 June — 7:30pm Fri 3 Jun — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 4 June — 1:30pm Sat 4 Jun — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 4 June — 7:30pm Sat 4 Jun — 7:30pm
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Adult $140
Concession $120
30 and Under $90
Child $80

A Reserve
Adult $115
Concession $95
30 and Under $75
Child $65
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $320

B Reserve
Adult $95
Concession $80
30 and Under $65
Child $55
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $270

C Reserve
Adult $85
Concession $75
30 and Under $60
Child $50
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $240

D Reserve
All tickets $40

An additional transaction fee of $6.95 applies.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just two or more ballets.


Lyric Theatre, QPAC

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Groups 8+ $95
One ticket free per group of eight

Schools $25 per student
One teacher free per group of ten

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