Oh, Baby! Dirty Dancing Makes L.A. Premiere May 8

News   Oh, Baby! Dirty Dancing Makes L.A. Premiere May 8
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, a popular attraction in London, Toronto, Australia and now on a U.S. tour, makes its West Coast premiere May 8-June 28 at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.
Dirty Dancing stars Amanda Leigh Cobb and Josef Brown.
Dirty Dancing stars Amanda Leigh Cobb and Josef Brown. Photo by David Scheinmann

This engagement of the tour will again feature Amanda Leigh Cobb as Frances "Baby" Houseman and Josef Brown as sexy dance instructor Johnny Castle, with Britta Lazenga as Penny Johnson; Ben Mingay as Billy; John Bolger as Baby's father Dr. Jake Houseman; Kaitlin Hopkins as her mother, Marjorie; and Katlyn Carlson as Baby's sister Lisa. They all repeat roles they played in the Chicago and Boston presentations of this Broadway-aimed production.

The L.A. opening night is May 10.


"Dirty Dancing" is one of the highest-grossing independent movies of all time, and the motion picture soundtrack continues to sell millions of copies. The tale of a girl who comes of age while on summer vacation with her family is now re-imagined for the stage by the original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein. Not strictly a character-sung musical, the dance-heavy show tells its story with the help of live singers outside the main action.

Dirty Dancing features a cast of 39, with 35 pop songs, including "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the Academy Award-winning "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Rounding out the cast are Molly C. Callinan as Vivian, Joseph Costa as Mr. Schumacher, Jonathan Epstein as Max Kellerman, namesake of the resort at which the story is set, Ryan Farrell as Robbie, Michael W. Howell as Tito Suarez, Lauren Klein as Mrs. Schumacher, Michael Lluberes as Stan, Gary Lynch as Moe Pressman, and Adam Overett as Neil Kellerman. The ensemble includes John Antony, Jamie Bayard, Timothy Bish, Thea Brooks, Karen Burthwright, Theresa Coombe, Ashley Fitzgerald, Hayley Henderson-Smith, Darina Jeleva, Travis Kelley, Charlie Logan, Lauralyn McClelland, Erich McMillan-McCall, Storm Newton, Samuel Pergande, Andrew Pirozzi, Sarah Skogland, Easton Smith, JD Aubrey Smith, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Aspen Vincent, Emily J. Williams and Candice Marie Woods.

Directed by James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion, the creative team also includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design) and Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreographer).

Presented locally by Broadway/L.A. as the fourth show of its 2009 Pantages season, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Jacobsen Entertainment, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions.

Tickets for this engagement are now on sale to the general public online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.

Tickets are also available in person at the Pantages Theatre box office, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, open daily at 10 AM, and all Ticketmaster ticket outlets.

For more information, visit the show’s official website at www.DirtyDancingAmerica.com or www.BroadwayLA.org.

Josef Brown, Amanda Leigh Cobb and Britta Lazenga in <i>Dirty Dancing </i>
Josef Brown, Amanda Leigh Cobb and Britta Lazenga in Dirty Dancing Photo by David Scheinmann
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