Derek Hough of "Dancing With the Stars" Will Join Laura Benanti For the Rockettes Spring Spectacular Show

News   Derek Hough of "Dancing With the Stars" Will Join Laura Benanti For the Rockettes Spring Spectacular Show
 
Derek Hough, the Emmy Award-winning choreographer from ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," will co-star with Tony Award winner Laura Benanti in the New York Spring Spectacular, the new Rockettes stage production that will begin March 12 at Radio City.

Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti

Hough will play the male lead, Jack, in the production, set to open March 26 for a run through May 3.

"I am ecstatic that I'll be able to extend my passion for performing to the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York Spring Spectacular," said Hough in a statement. "Performing at Radio City Music Hall in a show that celebrates everything that is beloved about New York City is a dream. I can't wait to show fans this production...it's going to be like nothing they've seen me in before."

Hough is known for his work as choreographer and dancer on the ABC dance-competition show "Dancing With the Stars." He won a record five seasons on the show and also received a Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 for three routines that he choreographed for the television series, which he plans to return to in fall 2015. Hough has appeared on stage in productions, including Footloose, and has guest starred in the ABC series "Nashville." In addition to acting and dancing, Hough has recently become a New York Times bestselling author.

In New York Spring Spectacular, Hough has been cast as Jack, "a man with a special mission who will receive an eternal reward if he's able to help Bernie keep his position as a New York City tour guide," according to press notes. "Bernie's job is in jeopardy when Jenna, played by Laura Benanti, reveals her plan to take the tour company virtual."

Hough joins a cast that includes Benanti as the female lead, Jenna, Whoopi Goldberg voicing the Statue of Liberty and Bella Thorne as the voice of the Alice in Wonderland Statue. Celebrity cameos will be made by Carmelo Anthony, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, Henrik Lundqvist and more. Other stars in the production will be announced at a later date.

Creatives revealed details about the production at a press event last month. Read more about it here.

Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels, who makes her Broadway debut this season with Finding Neverland, has been tapped to choreograph the show's opening number. The Rockettes stage production is helmed by Tony Award winners Warren Carlyle and Diane Paulus, along with Drama Desk Award winner Randy Weiner.

Joshua Harmon, the young playwright who earned acclaim for Off-Broadway's Bad Jews, has written a new story for the stage show.

Here's how the new production is billed: "Bernie has been giving old fashioned tours of New York for decades, but his company was just bought by Jenna, a whipsmart techie with plans to fire Bernie and turn his tours into a virtual reality wonderland. Bernie's in trouble. Enter Jack, a spirited young man with a secret agenda of his own: If he can help Bernie keep his job, Jack will get an eternal reward. With the assistance of the legendary Rockettes, and guest appearances by some of your favorite New Yorkers, Bernie takes Jenna-- and the audience-- on the tour of a lifetime, from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By the last stop of this whirlwind adventure, these three people will be forever changed, and they will never look at the city the same way again."

Tickets, priced $46-$100, are on sale at rockettes.com or by phone at (866) 858-0007.

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