By Michael Gioia
21 Apr 2014
Featuring a by Eleanor Bergstein, who penned the film's screenplay, the Equity tour will be directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features the songs "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life," among others.
The property was previously seen in a limited 2008 "pre-Broadway" tour. A Broadway run never materialized.
"It's long been a dream of mine to mount a North American tour of Dirty Dancing," said Ken Gentry, CEO of NETworks Presentations LLC, in a statement. "The proven global appeal for this story is undeniable and I know audiences, both fans of theatre and fans of the film, will be captivated with the way this production re-imagines the movie through an incredible fusion of storytelling, classic songs and electrifying choreography."
Here's how it's billed: "It's the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off."
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia, in November 2004 before embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany, in March 2006, where it broke records for achieving the highest advance in European history.
The production began performances in London's West End in October 2006. It closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year U.K. national tour and returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre. Dirty Dancing's Toronto production began performances Oct. 31, 2007, at the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.
The show has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. It is currently represented by a new U.K. tour, which launched March 2014 in Bristol.
The North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC and Grove Entertainment.
A list of cities and dates follows:
Washington, DC: Aug. 25-Sept. 14 at The National Theatre
Durham, NC: Sept. 16-21 at Durham Performing Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH: Sept. 23-Oct. 5 at Aronoff Center
Minneapolis, MN: Oct. 7-19 at Orpheum Theatre
St. Louis, MO: Oct. 21-Nov. 2 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre
San Antonio, TX: Nov. 4-9 at Majestic Theatre
Austin, TX: Nov. 11-16 at Bass Concert Hall
Houston, TX: Nov. 18-23 at The Hobby Center
Atlanta, GA: Nov. 25–30 at The Fox Theatre
Tampa, FL: Dec. 2-7 at Straz Center
Jacksonville, FL: Dec. 9-14 at Times-Union Center
New Orleans, LA: Dec. 16-21 at Saenger Theatre
Sacramento, CA: Dec. 26–Jan. 4 at Community Center Theater
San Diego, CA: Jan. 6-11 at San Diego Civic Center
Portland, OR: Jan. 13-18 at Keller Auditorium
Seattle, WA: Jan. 20- Feb. 1 at Paramount Theatre
Costa Mesa, CA: Feb. 3–15 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Tempe, AZ: Feb. 17-22 at ASU Gammage
Cleveland, OH: March 3–22 at State Theatre
Philadelphia, PA: March 24-April 5 at Academy of Music
Pittsburgh, PA: April 7-12 at Benedum Center
Ottawa, ON: April 14-19 at National Arts Centre
Providence, RI: April 21-26 at Providence Performing Arts Center
Boston, MA: April 28–May 10 at Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre
Baltimore, MD: May 12-24 at Hippodrome Theatre
Madison, WI: May 26-31 at Overture Center
Appleton, WI: June 2-7 at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Indianapolis, IN: June 9-14 at Clowes Memorial Hall
Charlotte, NC: June 16-21 at Belk Theater
Additional dates will be announced at a later date.
For more information, visit US.DirtyDancingOnTour.com.