The producers of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage announced casting for the third year of the North American tour, which coincides with the film’s 30th anniversary, and will begin performances September 13 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.
Christopher Tierney, who originally performed the role of Johnny Castle during the 2015 Toronto engagement, has returned to the show alongside Bronwyn Reed as Frances “Baby” Houseman.
Tierney and Reed lead a company of 26 that includes Matthew Amira as Robbie, Jordan Edwin André as Billy Kostecki/Singer, Alyssa Brizzi as Lisa Houseman, Jerome Harmann-Hardeman as Tito Suarez, Jennifer Mealani Jones as Penny Johnson, Gary Lynch as Max Kellerman, Hannah Jane McMurray as Marjorie Houseman, Jon Powell as Dr. Jake Houseman, Alan Scharf as Mr. Schumacher and Matt Surges as Neil Kellerman with Matthew Borchers, Kristian Brooks, Henry Byalikov, Kellie Drobnick, Jenifer Dillow, Lindsey Hailes, Kevin Mylrea, John Swapshire, Anjelica Fellini, Michal Kolaczkowski, Sophie Lee Morris, Julz Tocker and D. Scott Withers. Additional casting will be announced in the coming days.
The production features an eight-piece band led by conductor Alan J. Plado (keyboard) and associate conductor Julie Homi (keyboard). The band also includes Matt Brown (guitar), Brian Krock (saxophone), Rich Donato (drums), Miles Lassi (percussion), Brad Lovelace (bass) and Michael Robb (trumpet).
The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, author of the original script of the film, and the North American tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion.
The creative team also includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Bernie Ardia (hair design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor and orchestrations) and Alan Plado (music director).
“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," according to press notes. "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.” The musical features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”