By Andrew Gans
14 Aug 2007
|Photo by David Sheinmann|
Performances will begin Sept. 2, 2008, as part of the Broadway in Chicago Season series. Casting, additional tour dates and ticket information for the musical's national tour will be announced shortly.
Dirty Dancing premiered in Australia and New Zealand and continues to play to sold-out houses in London's West End and in Hamburg, Germany. The dance-heavy stage musical is also scheduled to begin performances Oct. 31 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.
James Powell, who helmed the London production, will direct the U.S. tour as well. The remainder of the London creative team will also re-create their work: Kate Champion (choreography), 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, according to press notes, "is a coming of age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle and Frances 'Baby' Houseman. 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. [The musical] follows the highs and lows of their summer romance." Song titles include "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby" and "Do You Love Me?"
Jacobsen Entertainment, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, will produce the U.S. tour.
Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre is located at 151 W. Randolph Street in Chicago, IL.
For more information visit www.DirtyDancingOnStage.com.