Dirty Dancing––The Classic Story On Stage
The enduring romance is back, and it's being displayed at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
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OF all the unforgettable movies that Patrick Swayze performed in during his illustrious career, Dirty Dancing might very well have been his most memorable one. Now, years after being turned into an award-winning musical, all of the raw passion, steamy romance, infectious music and sexy dance moves will be on display again when the national tour of Dirty Dancing––The Classic Story on Stage returns to Chicago for a stop at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from August 18 through August 30.
In the production’s 25-member cast, the lead roles (performed by Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the movie) will feature Christopher Tierney (who has danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Les Ballet Jazz du Montreal and Houston Ballet) and Gillian Abbott (a graduate of The Juilliard School who began her professional career in Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE show and made her television debut in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire).
With memorable songs such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey! Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the show-stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" at the heart of the musical, the story takes place during the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on a family vacation at New York’s popular Kellerman’s resort when her coming-of-age love story begins after meeting Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Despite the odds and warnings about the “guy from the wrong side of the tracks,” they fall in love during a life-changing summer romance.
"The company that we have assembled for our North American tour is beautiful and truthful," says Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical. "I originally wrote the movie because I love to dance. And since the movie first appeared, the open-hearted audience response has made me believe that everyone has a secret dancer inside them, one they feel could connect them to the physical world in the way they dream. This remarkable cast brings those dreams to life through their extraordinary talent and exceptional skill. It's been a deep pleasure for us to watch audiences around the country respond as this lovely group of people brings Dirty Dancing home to North America."
During a rehearsal break, director Ron OJ Parson (right) shares a moment with assistant director Aaron Mays. In a scene (below), Gilmore and Wilson are joined by A.C. Smith (right).
In addition to Tierney and Abbott, the cast includes Doug Carpenter (Billy Kostecki, Singer), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman (Tito Suarez), Ryan Jesse (Neil Kellerman), Gary Lynch (Max Kellerman), Scott McCreary (Robbie Gould), Herman Petras (Mr. Schumacher), Alex Scolari (Lisa Houseman), Mark Elliot Wilson (Dr. Jake Houseman), Margot White (Marjorie Houseman) and Jenny Winton (Penny Johnson). The ensemble comprises John Antony, Rachel Marie Bell, Rachel Boone, Josh Drake, Rashaan James II, Joshua Keith, Alexandra Matteo, Katelyn Prominski, Amy Quanbeck, Adam Roberts, Jennlee Shallow, Paul Victor and Devan Watring.
Individual tickets for Dirty Dancing––The Classic Story On Stage at the Cadillac Palace Theatre are on sale now. Tickets are available for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph Street., 151 W. Randolph Street., 18 W. Monroe Street. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.