By Kenneth Jones
16 Oct 2008
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)," according to production notes. "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 stage show (adapted by screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein) is a live re-imagining of the hit film. It "combines all the intensity and excitement of live theatre with new songs, new scenes, and thrilling new dances."
The creative team 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).
For more information on Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, go to www.dirtydancingamerica.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com.