Kelley Abbey is not only one of the most prolific choreographers in the country, but she also qualifies as one of the busiest people in the industry at the moment!
At this present time Kelley Abbey is working alongside Baz Lurhman as the associate/resident director on his debut musical production of Strictly Ballroom, the head choreographer on the Hayes Theatre Company’s production of Miracle City and is also serving as a creative consultant to the 2014 series of Dancing With The Stars. Keeping up? Good.
The first undertaking of the year was Strictly Ballroom which has recently concluded it’s Sydney Season and is currently preparing for a 2015 Melbourne season. The production earn’t rave reviews with the Daily Telegraph calling the show;
Dazzling! A total Feast for the eyes! – The Daily Telegraph
Next, Kelley began her work as choreographer on Miracle City. Set in real time during a live-to-air American evangelical television show, Miracle City tells the story of the Truswells, a family with a dream to build a religious theme park, and the extreme lengths the patriarch Ricky Truswell will go to in order to make their dream a reality.
Miracle City had its world premiere at the Sydney Theatre Company in 1996 to huge acclaim and is currently playing at The Hayes Theatre in Darlinghurst, in association with Luckiest Productions. The production stars Mike Macleish, Ester Hannaford, Marika Aubrey, Hilary Cole, Blazey Best and Peter Kowitz.
The Daily Review lamented how well the show was choreographed by
“the always energetic-but-tasteful Kelley Abbey” – The Daily Review
Finally, Channel 7’s Dancing With The Stars has hit our screens once again, but in case you have noticed a slightly spiffier execution… we’d like to think the wonderful Kelley Abbey, again, had something to do with it! As if her plate was not already full enough, Kelley has also taken on the role of Artistic Consultant on the 2014 series. Here commitments to the series see her travelling to Melbourne to work alongside the celebrity contestants on a weekly basis.
Strictly Ballroom opens January 2015 in Melbourne, Tickets available HERE
Miracle City is currently playing in Sydney, Tickets available HERE
Dancing with the Stars is currently airing at 7:30PM Tuesday on Channel 7