A new North American touring production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage will kick off in California this fall with a brand-new cast and director. Sunday in the Park with George director Sarna Lapine will helm the new version, which will visit more than 50 cities in the United States.
Leading a company of 24 will be Aaron Patrick Craven as Johnny Castle and Kaleigh Courts as Francis “Baby” Houseman. As in the celebrated film, the story of Dirty Dancing follows the love story between Johnny and Baby during a summer at a Catskills resort in 1963.
The tour will begin at the Harris Center in Folsom, California, October 5–7.
The cast is completed by Anaïs Blake as Penny Johnson, Erica Lee Cianciulli as Marjorie Houseman, Nickolaus Colõn as Billy Kostecki/Singer, Ryan Cupello as Robbie Gould, Buddy Daniels Friedman as Mr. Schumacher, Rick Grossman as Max Kellerman, Demitra Pace as Lisa Houseman, Owen Russell as Neil Kellerman, Christopher Robert Smith as Dr. Jake Houseman, and Ramond Thomas as Tito Suarez. The ensemble comprises Alex Caldwell, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Amanda Clement, J’royce Jata, Hunter Mikles, Honza Pelichovksy, Erica Philpot, Joshua Clifton Powell, Hannah Straney, Jay Stuart, Kelsey Walsh, and Aidan Ziegler-Hansen.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, author of the original script of the film. Michele Lynch will choreograph the tour, based on the original choreography by Kate Champion.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage features an eight-piece band, led by conductor Alan J. Plado (keyboard) and associate conductor Jonathan Marro (keyboard). The band also includes Ethan Hack-Chabot (guitar), Michael Bliss (reeds), Adam Hradisky (drums), Ryan McCausland (percussion), Jared Pasimio (bass), and Patrick Stouffer (trumpet).
The creative team is made up of scenic designer Mikiko Suzuki, lighting designer Ken Billington, costume designer Jennifer Irwin, sound designer Leon Rothenberg, hair designer Bernie Ardia, music supervisor Conrad Helfrich, and music director Alan J. Plado. Stewart/Whitley is the casting director for this tour.
For more information and tour dates, visit US.DirtyDancingonTour.com.