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DIRTY DANCING WELCOMES 5 MILLIONTH GUEST

THE INTERNATIONAL SENSATION

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE

 

WELCOMES 5 MILLIONTH GUEST

 

“Spectacular… a gorgeous feast of dance.” – Financial Times, UK

 

“A bona fide entertainment juggernaut.” – Los Angeles Times, USA

 

“Perfect entertainment.” – Tagesspiegel, Germany

 

 

Last night DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE welcomed its 5 millionth audience member across all its international productions at the Aldwych Theatre in London. Thirteen cities across three continents have witnessed the stage sensation that has enjoyed standing ovations worldwide since its premiere in Sydney in 2004. 

 

With critical acclaim across the board from the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Sun in American to the Tagesspiegel in Germany and the Financial Times in London, 5 million people agree that DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a not-to-be-missed dazzling and crowd pleasing show.

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE opened in 2004 touring Australia and New Zealand before playing Hamburg, London, Chicago, Toronto, Boston and Utrecht.  The production continues to delight audiences in London and opened earlier this year in Berlin and Los Angeles.

 

The UK production alone has welcomed over 1 million fans through its doors. DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE opened in London in 2006 and was sold out 6 months in advance, breaking West End records with a mammoth £11 million in advance sales.  With incredible demand for tickets, DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE UK is currently booking until 2010.

 

The stage show, written by Eleanor Bergstein, script writer and creator of the phenomenally successful film, features all the much-loved characters from the iconic film as well as the tantalizing dance sequences and hits from the unforgettable soundtrack such as ‘Do You Love Me?,’ ‘Hungry Eyes’ and the Academy Award© Winning ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.’ The show has been seen by a host of celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Matt Damon, Tess Daly, Penny Lancaster, Sir Ian McKellen, Barbara Windsor, Graham Norton and members of the Royal Family including the Duchess of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is produced by Jacobsen Entertainment and Karl Sydow, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions. The stage show is directed by James Powell, music supervisor is Conrad Helfrich, choreography by Kate Champion, set design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Bobby Aitken, video and projection design by Jon Driscoll, Ballroom and Latin choreography by Craig Wilson and costume design by Jennifer Irwin.

DIRTY DANCING WEST COAST PREMIERE IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES, GET READY TO HAVE “THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!”

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE

By Eleanor Bergstein

 

WEST COAST PREMIERE – THE PANTAGES THEATRE

 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT – 7 WEEKS ONLY

SUNDAY, MAY 10 – SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

 

 

The West Coast premiere of the international stage hit DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage will play the Pantages Theatre for a limited engagement, opening Sunday May 10 and running seven weeks through June 28.

 

There are three lower-priced previews on Friday, May 8 at 8p and Saturday, May 9 at 2PM& 8P. The official press opening is Sunday, May 10 at 6P.

 

Tickets for this engagement are now on sale to the general public online at http://www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878. Tickets are also available in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd and open daily at 10AM, and all Ticketmaster ticket outlets.

 

Proclaimed “the biggest live theatre sensation of all time” by The Observer newspaper in London, DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage has received four stars from The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Time Out London.

 

Dirty Dancing is one of the highest-grossing independent movies of all time, and the motion picture soundtrack continues to sell millions of copies. Re-imagined for the stage by the original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

 

Audiences are invited to step inside the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. DIRTY DANCING features a cast of 39 and features an astonishing 35 hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping Academy Award®-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

 

Leading the cast are Amanda Leigh Cobb playing “Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman” and Josef Brown in the role of “Johnny Castle,” Baby’s headstrong love interest. Mr. Brown previously played Johnny in the London and Australian productions of DIRTY DANCING. Britta Lazenga, a member of the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet, portrays “Penny Johnson.” Ben Mingay reprises his role as “Billy.” Previously he has played the role in Australia, London and Toronto. They are joined by John Bolger as Baby’s father “Dr. Jake Houseman,” Kaitlin Hopkins as her mother “Marjorie,” and Katlyn Carlson as Baby’s sister “Lisa.”

 

Rounding out the cast are Molly C. Callinan as “Vivian,” Joseph Costa as “Mr. Schumacher,” Jonathan Epstein as “Max Kellerman,” namesake of the resort at which the iconic story is set, Ryan Farrell as “Robbie,” Michael W. Howell as “Tito Suarez,” Lauren Klein as “Mrs. Schumacher,” Michael Lluberes as “Stan,” Gary Lynch as “Moe Pressman,” and Adam Overett as “Neil Kellerman.” The ensemble includes John Antony, Jamie Bayard, Timothy Bish, Thea Brooks, Karen Burthwright, Theresa Coombe, E. Clayton Cornelius, Ashley Fitzgerald, Hayley Henderson-Smith, Darina Jeleva, Travis Kelley, Charlie Logan, Lauralyn McClelland, Erich McMillan-McCall, Storm Newton, Samuel Pergande, Andrew Pirozzi, Sarah Skogland, Easton Smith, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Aspen Vincent, Emily J. Williams, and Candice Marie Woods.

 

DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage is written by Eleanor Bergstein, writer and co-producer of the original motion picture. The original creative team which brought the production to record-breaking fame in both London and Toronto brings this production to the United States. Directed by James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion, the team also includes: Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design) and Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreographer).

 

Presented locally by Broadway/L.A. as the fourth show of its 2009 Pantages Season, DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Jacobsen Entertainment, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions.

 

The performance schedule for DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage is Tuesday through Friday at 8p, Saturday at 2p & 8p, and Sunday at 1p & 6:30p. The official press opening will be Sunday May 10 at 6p. Please note, there will be no matinee performance on Sunday May 10.

 

Tickets prices range from $25 – $98. Prices are subject to change without notice. Premium seating for this engagement is also available.

 

For more information on DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage, visit the show’s official website at www.DirtyDancingAmerica.com.

 

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LISTINGS INFORMATION

Previews: 3 lower-priced previews: Friday, May 8 at 8P and Saturday, May 9 at 2P & 8P.

 

Dates: 7 Weeks Only. May 10 – June 28, 2009. Press Opening – Sunday May 10 at 6p.

 

Theatre: PANTAGES THEATRE -6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028. Official Website: www.BroadwayLA.org

 

Schedule: Tuesday – Friday at 8p, Saturday at 2p & 8p, Sunday at 1p & 6:30p

Schedule Exceptions: No matinee performance on Sunday May 10th.

 

Ticket Prices*: SEATING AREA Regular Previews

Orchestra A – ZZ (Center) $98.00 $96.00

Orchestra L – ZZ (Sides) $75.00 $73.00

Mezzanine A – H (Center) $98.00 $96.00

Mezzanine A – H (Sides) $55.00 $53.00

Mezzanine J – Q (Center) $35.00 $33.00

Mezzanine J – Q (Sides) $25.00 $23.00

Premium Packages Also Available

Ticket Prices Subject to Change Without Notice

 

How to Purchase: Online: BroadwayLA.org, Phone: 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878

In Person: Pantages Box Office (Opens Daily at 10am) and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers

 

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DIRTY DANCING’S ELEANOR BERGSTEIN FEATURED IN THE BOSTON GLOBE

The international stage hit DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE makes its East Coast premiere at the Boston Opera House on Saturday, February 7, and has already been extended through Sunday, April 12 due to unprecedented ticket demand.

THE BOSTON GLOBE – Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bringing ‘Dirty Dancing’ to life

Eleanor Bergstein infuses stage version with political punch her film held back

By Meredith Goldstein

It’s hard to imagine that anyone would have ever been able to put Eleanor Bergstein – the real Baby – in a corner.

Bergstein, who wrote and produced the 1987 hit film “Dirty Dancing” and now brings us “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage,” is strong and articulate. She’s an optimist who fights for what she believes in. She came of age in the 1960s, after all.

Read the rest of the feature:

http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2009/02/01/bringing_dirty_dancing_to_life/

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE plays The Opera House in Boston from February 7 through April 12, 2009.  Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30p; Friday evenings at 8:00p; Saturdays at 2:00p and 8:00p and Sundays at 2:00p and 7:30p.

Please note: Wed 2/11 at 7:00p; no 2:00p performance on Sat 2/7; there will be an Open Captioned performance Sun 3/8 at 2pm.

Tickets range in price from $30.00 – $132.50 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787, visiting www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets or at The Colonial Theatre Box Office (106 Boylston Street) during normal box office hours Monday – Saturday 10:00a – 6:00p.  Groups of 20 or more may call 1-866-633-0194. 

For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.dirtydancingamerica.com

DIRTY DANCING TICKETS FLY IN BOSTON – PERFORMANCES BEGIN 2/7

 

Following an extended engagement in Chicago, the international stage hit DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE makes its East Coast premiere at the Boston Opera House when performances begin Saturday, February 7.

 

Due to unprecedented demand, the limited engagement has already been extended through Sunday, April 12.

 

http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2009/01/29/the_audience_has_been_ready_for_years/

 

THE BOSTON GLOBE – January 29, 2009

 

The audience has been ready for years – Tickets fly for ‘Dirty Dancing’ on stage

 

By Meredith Goldstein

 

The Recreation Department in Wilmington organizes bus trips to Boston for most big downtown theater productions. Usually one bus is enough.

 

But when the town advertised that the next voyage would bring residents to the Opera House to see “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage”, it became clear that a second bus would be necessary.

 

“This one has had a huge demand,” says recreation director Deborah Cipriani. “I think it has a big draw because of the movie.”

 

Despite a recession that has left many with little disposable income for entertainment, Broadway Across America-Boston announced that the show, set to run Feb. 7 to March 15, has had such strong advance ticket sales that it is being extended through April 12 – a run of more than nine weeks. In comparison, “Frost/Nixon,” which closes Feb. 8, will have been at the Colonial Theatre two weeks, typical for a touring show. The last time the producers had such a hit was when “Wicked” pulled off a nine-week run in 2007.

 

And those productions, like most touring shows, came with the built-in buzz of a Broadway hit.

 

 “Dirty Dancing” is making its East Coast premiere, with the aim of going to Broadway. It’s a stage adaptation of the popular 1987 film about a young 1960s tourist named Baby (Jennifer Grey) who falls for Johnny, a Catskill Mountains dance instructor (Patrick Swayze).

 

Producers say ticket sales are tapping into a large pool of fans of the movie, including many who don’t often go to the theater. Fans who want to see Baby learn the mambo one more time. Fans who want to see Johnny lift her triumphantly, as the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” inspires everyone at the fictional Kellerman’s resort to get up and cut a rug.

 

“We’re hoping to get up in the end and do some dancing in the aisles,” says Andrea Labonville, 51, of Gorham, N.H., who already has her ticket.

 

Drew Murphy, president of Broadway Across America-Boston, says about 90 percent of seats at weekend performances in February and March have already sold. “This is doing by far much, much better than other shows,” Murphy says. “It’s bringing out a lot of your nontraditional theater audience, the people who normally wouldn’t buy a theater ticket.”

 

Read the rest of the feature: http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2009/01/29/the_audience_has_been_ready_for_years/

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE plays The Opera House in Boston from February 7 through April 15, 2009.  Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30p; Friday evenings at 8:00p; Saturdays at 2:00p and 8:00p and Sundays at 2:00p and 7:30p.

 

Please note: Wed 2/11 at 7:00p; no 2:00p performance on Sat 2/7; there will be an Open Captioned performance Sun 3/8 at 2p.

 

Individual tickets range in price from $30.00 – $91.00.  A limited number of premium tickets are available to all performances and range in price from $132.50.  Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 617-931-2787, by visiting BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and in person at all Ticketmaster outlets or directly at The Colonial Theatre Box Office (106 Boylston Street) during normal box office hours Monday – Saturday 10:00a – 6:00p.  Groups of 20 or more may call Broadway Across America – Boston Group Sales at 1-866-633-0194. 

 

For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.dirtydancingamerica.com

 

 

 

 

DIRTY DANCING JOINS MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB IN CHICAGO

AUDIENCES IN CHICAGOLAND ARE HAVING “THE TIME OF THEIR LIFE”

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE

By Eleanor Bergstein

 

JOINS THE MILLIONAIRE CLUB!

$1,095,062. GROSS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 26

 

“Dirty, Sexy, Funny…It’s impossible not to have fun at dirty dancing” – Chicago Sun-Times

 

“A big and spectacular show that’s honestly and skillfully acted and goes to lengths unparalleled to show you in a theater what you first saw on the screen.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

“Big, bold dance numbers explode with excitement…A blast of great memories from the original”

– Dean Richards, WGN-TV and Radio

 

Producers Jacobsen Entertainment in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions announced that Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has joined the Millionaire’s Club with box office receipts totaling $1,095,062 for 8 performances for the week ending October 26, 2008.

 

Dirty Dancing began previews on September 28, 2008 and opened Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre and immediately announced the hit show will extend the Chicago engagement through January 17, 2009. 

 

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is a coming of age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle (Josef Brown) and Frances “Baby” Houseman (Amanda Leigh Cobb). During her family’s summer vacation at the popular Kellerman’s resort, Baby, a doctor’s daughter with dreams of joining the Peace Corps, meets Johnny, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Against all odds, they fall in love, learning life-changing lessons along the way. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, follows the highs and lows of their summer romance.

 

Re-imagined for the stage, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, combines all the intensity and excitement of live theater with new songs, new scenes, and thrilling new dances. The production is an unprecedented live experience for lifelong fans of the film and new audiences alike that explodes with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

 

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre through January 17, 2009.  Performances are Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Please Note: There will be no performance on Wednesday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 25 at 7:30 p.m., or Thursday, January 1 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be additional performances Friday, December 26 at 2 p.m., Monday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Individual tickets range in price from $35 – $100.  A limited number of premium tickets are available to all performances and range in price from $125 – $155.  Tickets are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W Monroe, 24 W Randolph St and 151 W Randolph St), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including all Hot Tix, select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and FYE stores) or online at Ticketmaster.com.  Groups of 20 or more should call (312) 977-1710.

 

For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.dirtydancingamerica.com

 

DIRTY DANCING EXTENDS IN CHICAGO

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND…

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE

By Eleanor Bergstein

 

ADDS 6 WEEKS TO CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT

 

Pre-Broadway U.S. Premiere Extends to January 17, 2009 at

Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre

 

CHICAGO (October 15, 2008) – Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce that Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will extend its Chicago engagement to January 17, 2009.  Tickets for the newly announced performances from December 9, 2008 to January 17, 2009 will go on sale Monday, October 20, 2008 at 10 a.m.  The pre-Broadway engagement of the international stage hit, produced by Jacobsen Entertainment in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, will play at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) through January 17, 2009 only before moving to The Boston Opera House.

 

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is a coming of age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle (Josef Brown) and Frances “Baby” Houseman (Amanda Leigh Cobb). During her family’s summer vacation at the popular Kellerman’s resort, Baby, a doctor’s daughter with dreams of joining the Peace Corps, meets Johnny, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Against all odds, they fall in love, learning life-changing lessons along the way. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, follows the highs and lows of their summer romance.

 

Re-imagined for the stage, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, combines all the intensity and excitement of live theater with new songs, new scenes, and thrilling new dances. The production is an unprecedented live experience for lifelong fans of the film and new audiences alike that explodes with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

 

The movie Dirty Dancing is a legendary entertainment phenomenon and the soundtrack continues to sell millions of copies. Including a cast of 39, the record-breaking show features the hit songs from the original soundtrack, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping Academy Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

 

The acclaimed creative team responsible for the London and Toronto productions includes director James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion. The team also includes: Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreographer), and Conrad Helfrich (musical supervisor).

 

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is now playing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre through January 17, 2009.  Performances are Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Please Note: There will be no performance on Wednesday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 25 at 7:30 p.m., or Thursday, January 1 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be additional performances Friday, December 26 at 2 p.m., Monday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Individual tickets range in price from $35 – $100.  A limited number of premium tickets are available to all performances and range in price from $125 – $155.  Tickets to a new block of performances December 9, 2008 – January 17, 2009 go on-sale on Monday, October 20 at 10 a.m. and are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W Monroe, 24 W Randolph St and 151 W Randolph St), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including all Hot Tix, select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores) or online at Ticketmaster.com.  Groups of 20 or more should call (312) 977-1710.

 

For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.dirtydancingamerica.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

 

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DIRTY DANCING TICKETS ON SALE FOR EAST COAST PREMIERE IN BOSTON

AMERICA, GET READY FOR “THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, AGAIN”*

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE

By Eleanor Bergstein

 

PRE-BROADWAY EAST COAST PREMIERE IN BOSTON

 

Performances at the Boston Opera House February 7 – March 15, 2009

 

Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 5th at 10AM!

 

 

Boston, MA The international stage hit Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will make its Pre-Broadway East Coast premiere at the Boston Opera House for a limited engagement February 7 through March 15, 2009.  Tickets go on sale to the public Sunday, October 5th at 10AM. For full ticketing information please go to the end of this release. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is part of the Lexus Boston Area Dealers Broadway Across America – Boston Series.

 

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Jacobsen Entertainment, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, and written by Eleanor Bergstein, writer and co-producer of the phenomenally successful movie. 

 

Proclaimed “The biggest live theatre sensation of all time” by The Observer newspaper in London, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage also received four stars from The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Time Out London

 

The movie Dirty Dancing is a legendary entertainment phenomenon.  The soundtrack continues to sell millions of copies.  And now live audiences can experience it as never before.  Re-imagined for the stage by the original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Step inside the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives – told by a tremendous cast of 39 and featuring 35 hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping Academy Award®-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

 

The cast is lead by Amanda Leigh Cobb playing Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Josef Brown re-creating the role of Johnny Castle Baby’s headstrong love interest. Mr. Brown previously played Johnny in the London and Australian productions of Dirty Dancing.  Britta Lazenga – member of the Joffrey Ballet – plays the role of Penny Johnson. Ben Mingay reprises his role as Billy.  Previously he has played the role in Australia, London and Toronto. They are joined by John Bolger as Baby’s father Dr. Jake Houseman, Kaitlin Hopkins as her mother Marjorie, and Katlyn Carlson as Baby’s sister Lisa.

 

Rounding out the cast of 39 are Molly C. Callinan as Vivian, Joseph Costa as Mr. Schumacher, Jonathan Epstein as Max Kellerman, namesake of the resort at which the iconic story is set, Ryan Farrell as Robbie, Michael W. Howell as Tito Suarez, Lauren Klein as Mrs. Schumacher, Michael Lluberes as Stan, Gary Lynch as Moe Pressman, and Adam Overett as Neil Kellerman.  The ensemble includes John Antony, Jamie  Bayard, Timothy Bish, Thea Brooks, Karen Burthwright, Theresa Coombe, E. Clayton Cornelius, Ashley Fitzgerald, Hayley Henderson-Smith, Darina Jeleva, Travis Kelley, Charlie Logan, Lauralyn McClelland, Erich McMillan-McCall, Samuel Pergande, Andrew Pirozzi, Sarah Skogland, Easton Smith, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Aspen Vincent, Tony Vincent, Emily J. Williams, and Candice Marie Woods.

 

The acclaimed creative team responsible for the record-breaking London and Toronto productions of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage brings the show to the United States.  Directed by James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion, the team also includes:  Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design) and Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreographer). For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.DirtyDancingAmerica.com

 

Broadway Across America-Boston will be hosting an Open Captioned performance of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage for the hearing impaired on Sunday, March 8 at the 2:00pm matinee performance.  Tickets may be purchased through Voice-(617) 880-2419, TTY-(617) 426-3444 or in person at The Colonial Theatre Box Office, 106 Boylston Street, Boston during normal box office hours Monday through Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm.

 

Open Captioning is an alternate form of accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing population in the United States. The c2net.org website describes Open Captioning as “text displayed simultaneous to live speech, dialogue or performance”. This technology is now utilized by theaters nationwide. It provides hearing impaired patrons with the complete script and song text for live performances on small screens directly adjacent to audience seating.  For more comprehensive information on Open Captioning visit www.c2net.org.  

 

PERFORMANCES:              Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30pm      

                                          (Please note: Wed 2/11 at 7:00pm)

                                          Friday evenings at 8:00pm ; Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm

                                          (Please note: there is no 2:00pm performance on Sat 2/7)

                                          Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

                                          (Please note: Open Captioned performance Sun 3/8 at 2pm)

                                         

TICKETS:                                 $30.00 – $91.00

                                          $132.50 for premium seating

 

ON-SALE:                           Sunday, October 5, 2008

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage go on sale to the public Sunday, October 5th and will be available through an authorized ticket seller found only at Ticketmaster 617-931-2787, at all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and directly at the Boston Opera House during special hours only available on Sunday, October 5th from 10:00am-6:00pm.  PLEASE NOTE:  Following Sunday’s on-sale, tickets will continue to be available at The Colonial Theatre Box Office, 106 Boylston Street, Boston during normal box office hours Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm.  Season Series Patrons interested in additional tickets should call Broadway Across America – Boston directly at 1-866-523-7469 and for Member tickets please call 1-866-551-7469.  Groups of 20 or more please call Broadway Across America – Boston Group Sales 1-866-633-0194. 

 

ABOUT BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA

Broadway Across America:  Owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and led by Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman), Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 43 North American cities.  Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world.  Current productions include Tony Award-winners BOEING BOEING and SPAMALOT, 13 A NEW MUSICAL, as well as THE BACKYARDIGANS.  Upcoming productions include WEST SIDE STORY, DORA THE EXPLORER and the Broadway premiere of Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS opening this 2008 holiday season.  For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

 

DIRTY DANCING-THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING RELEASED

“THE BIGGEST LIVE THEATRE SENSATION OF ALL TIME” – Observer, London

 

MASTERWORKS BROADWAY RELEASES

ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING OF INTERNATIONAL HIT

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE

By Eleanor Bergstein

 

RELEASED TODAY – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2008

 

 

The movie Dirty Dancing is a legendary entertainment phenomenon.  And now American audiences can enjoy the European record-breaking live experience Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage and the Masterworks Broadway original cast recording, which will be released on Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

 

Re-imagined for stage by the original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has audiences around the world experiencing this timeless work as never before in a production combining all the intensity and excitement of live theater with new scenes and thrilling new dances.  Executive produced by Jimmy Lenner and produced by Conrad Helfrich, the original cast recording features the Academy Award® winning song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” “Do You Love Me?” and new music from the smash stage production.

 

Original movie and stage album executive producer Jimmy Ienner said: “I am very proud to continue the Dirty Dancing legacy in its newest form, and to bring the original cast recording to the U.S. public following their demand and enthusiasm for this album.”

 

The track listing for the original cast recording of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage includes:

 

1. This Magic Moment

2. Merengue

3. Johnny’s Mambo

4. Do You Love Me?

5. This Land Is Your Land / We Shall Overcome

6. De Todo Un Poco

7. Dawn Interlude

8. Besame Mucho

9. If You Were The Only Girl In The World

10. Lisa’s Hula

11. Yes!

12. In The Still Of The Night

13. Someone Like You

14. She’s Like The Wind (Instrumental)

15. Kellerman’s Anthem

16. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

 

The national tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will host its pre-Broadway U.S. premiere in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited run from September 28 through December 7, 2008. Boston and Los Angeles engagements will follow.

 

Proclaimed “The biggest live theatre sensation of all time” by The Observer newspaper in London, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage also received four stars from The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Time Out London.

 

The acclaimed creative team responsible for the record-breaking London and Toronto productions of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will bring the show to the United States.  Directed by James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion, the team also includes:  Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design) and Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreographer).  

 

For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage:

 www.dirtydancingamerica.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com

 

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DIRTY DANCING BROADWAY FAN CLUB FEATURE

“DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE”

 

ORIGINAL SCREENWRITER & CREATOR ELEANOR BERGSTEIN

 

“BROADWAY FAN CLUB” AUGUST FEATURE

 

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http://www.broadwayfanclub.com/broadwayfanclub_v/v_Aug08.htm#dirty

 

Following sold out performances in London, Australia and Toronto, the National Tour of the hit stage sensation Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, by Eleanor Bergstein, will host its pre-Broadway U.S. premiere at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement from September 28th through December 7th, 2008.

 

The Broadway League’s BROADWAY FAN CLUB – AUGUST 2008

 

It’s the summer of 1963, and Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. That’s the story of Dirty Dancing, the legendary entertainment phenomenon that began as a smash-hit film. After successful engagements in Europe, Australia and Canada, a new stage production based on the film is set to begin a Broadway-bound US tour.

 

Retitled Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, the show features 35 hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the Oscar-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Performances begin in Chicago on September 28 with engagements in Boston and Los Angeles to follow in 2009.

 

Eleanor Bergstein, Dirty Dancing‘s original screenwriter, has completely re-envisioned the film for the stage. She recently responded to our questions by e-mail.

 

Q: What was your starting point when you set out to re-conceive this hit movie musical as a stage production?

 

Eleanor Bergstein: I wanted to find a way to transform it into a new kind of theatrical event. One that would honor my great respect for the American musical–though this is more a play-with-a-lot-of-music than a traditional musical. I wanted a form that would honor our open-hearted audience. And one that might bring into the theatre a new audience that has had its most profound experiences at movies and rock concerts. To make them understand that live theatre is the best performance experience of all.

 

As a writer and producer, what were your main goals when you began?

Once again, to honor the audience, and then to find things one cannot do in the movies. The screen is flat, the stage is deep. Magic Hour (dawn, dusk) goes on forever. You can get realer than real time. Time that speaks to how long it seems in your heart.

 

I had no desire to slap the movie onstage; rather to draw the audience through the flat screen into a different form of experience. A real log that people dance on is realer in a theatre than in a movie. A dance lift in real time is realer than one onscreen. We try to take advantage of this. Sometimes seriously, sometimes playfully.

 

How close do you stay to the story and music of the original film? What are some of the new elements audiences will experience when they see this show on stage?

 

Almost everything in the movie is in the show–but much more. There are more scenes, more Baby and Johnny scenes exploring their relationship, more scenes about the parents, more about Neil. The action is set more firmly in the summer of 1963, the summer of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. What was happening in the world was so integral to what was happening to our people. And there is lots more dancing.

 

The music is largely live, with a few scratchy iconic records thrown in. We use music the way people use music in real life. It’s what happens to them. Our live musicians play cha chas upstairs at Kellerman’s, throw off their tuxedo jackets and bring their instruments downstairs and rock with the kids to a live “Do You Love Me,” etc.

 

Read the rest of the feature: http://www.broadwayfanclub.com/broadwayfanclub_v/v_Aug08.htm#dirty

 

The movie Dirty Dancing is a legendary entertainment phenomenon.  The soundtrack continues to sell millions of copies.  And now live audiences can experience it as never before.  Re-imagined for the stage by the original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, combines all the intensity and excitement of live theater with new songs, new scenes, and thrilling new dances.  Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience for lifelong fans of the film and new audiences alike that explodes with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

 

Step inside the classic story of Baby and Johnny – two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.  Including a cast of 39, the record-breaking show features 35 hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping Academy Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” 

 

Proclaimed “The biggest live theatre sensation of all time” by The Observer newspaper in London, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage also received four stars from The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Time Out London.

 

The acclaimed creative team responsible for the record-breaking London and Toronto productions of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will bring the show to the United States.  Directed by James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion, the team also includes:  Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design) and Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreographer).  

 

Individual tickets ranging in price from $35 – $95 are currently on-sale for the Chicago engagement. Tickets are available at Broadway in Chicago Box Offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Tickets are now available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710 and to subscribers of the 2008 Broadway in Chicago Season Series

 

For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.dirtydancingamerica.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

 

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DIRTY DANCING ANNOUNCES COMPLETE U.S. PREMIERE CASR

“THE BIGGEST LIVE THEATRE SENSATION OF ALL TIME” Observer, London

 

 

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE

By Eleanor Bergstein

 

ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CASTING FOR

PRE-BROADWAY U.S. PREMIERE IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO (August 4, 2008) – Producer Jacobsen Entertainment, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, of the international hit Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming pre-Broadway U.S. premiere.  Rehearsals are now underway in Chicago where performances will begin on September 28 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

 

As previously announced Amanda Leigh Cobb will play Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Josef Brown will re-create the role of Johnny Castle Baby’s headstrong love interest. Mr. Brown previously played Johnny in London and Australian productions of Dirty Dancing.  Chicago’s own Britta Lazenga – member of the Joffrey Ballet – will return home direct from the Toronto production in the role of Penny Johnson. Ben Mingay reprises his role as Billy.  Previously he has played the role in Australia, London and Toronto. They are joined by John Bolger as Baby’s father Dr. Jake Houseman, Kaitlin Hopkins as her mother Marjorie, and Katlyn Carlson as Baby’s sister Lisa.

 

Rounding out the cast of 39 are Molly C. Callinan as Vivian, Joseph Costa as Mr. Schumacher, Jonathan Epstein as Max Kellerman, namesake of the resort at which the iconic story is set, Ryan Farrell as Robbie, Michael Howell as Tito Suarez, Lauren Klein as Mrs. Schumacher, Michael Lluberes as Stan, Gary Lynch as Moe Pressman, and Michael Zahler as Neil Kellerman.  The ensemble includes John Antony, Timothy Bish, Thea Brooks, Karen Burthwright, Theresa Coombe, E. Clayton Cornelious, Jean Michel Erole, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hayley Henderson-Smith, Darina Jeleva, Travis Kelley, Charlie Logan, Lauralyn McClelland, Erich McMillan-McCall, Samuel Pergande, Andrew Pirozzi, Sarah Skogland, W. Easton Smith, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Aspen Vincent, Tony Vincent, Emily J. Williams, and Candice Woods.

 

The National Tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will host its pre-Broadway U.S. premiere in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) for a limited engagement from September 28 through December 7, 2008.

 

The movie Dirty Dancing is a legendary entertainment phenomenon.  The soundtrack continues to sell millions of copies.  And now live audiences can experience it as never before.  Re-imagined for the stage by the original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, combines all the intensity and excitement of live theater with new songs, new scenes, and thrilling new dances.  Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience for lifelong fans of the film and new audiences alike that explodes with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

 

Step inside the classic story of Baby and Johnny – two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.  Including a cast of 39, the record-breaking show features 35 hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping Academy Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”  

 

Proclaimed “The biggest live theatre sensation of all time” by The Observer newspaper in London, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage also received four stars from The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Time Out London.

 

The acclaimed creative team responsible for the record-breaking London and Toronto productions of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will bring the show to the United States.  Directed by James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion, the team also includes:  Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design) and Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreographer).  

 

Individual tickets ranging in price from $35 – $95 are currently on-sale.  A limited number of premium tickets are available to all performances and range in price from $125 – $150.  Tickets are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including all Hot Tix, select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores) or online at Ticketmaster.com. 

 

Tickets are now available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710 and to subscribers of the 2008 Broadway In Chicago Season Series

 

For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.dirtydancingamerica.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

 

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