Australian dancer Josef Brown will reprise his performance, created for the original 2004 Australian production, as the rugged dance instructor Johnny Castle.
British RADA graduate Georgina Rich will play the role of Frances “Baby” Houseman, who falls for the dance instructor during her stay at the Kellermans holiday camp, where the story is set.
The original 1987 movie starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the roles. The stage version retains the film’s Oscar-winning song “The Time Of My Life”.
Brown is a former principal dancer with the Australian Ballet and Rich made her West End debut in the recent revival of Honour, appearing with Diana Rigg, Martin Jarvis and Natascha McElhone.
Rich said “I am really thrilled to be part of this fantastic production. I am a little nervous but very excited about playing Baby on the West End stage and looking forward to when we start rehearsals.” For the musical, writer Eleanor Bergstein has stayed loyal to her own movie script, setting the action in an American holiday camp during the 1960s.
The production, directed by James Powell, starts previewing Sept. 29 and opens Oct. 24 at the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. Advance booking for the London version of the show reportedly broke box office records with £3 million (over $5 million) being taken within six weeks of tickets going on sale.
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