Goodness, what an evening we had reviewing the FABULOUS production of Dirty Dancing The Musical. With a talented cast featuring Lewis Griffiths as Johnny Castle, Katie Eccles as Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Carlie Milner as Penny Johnson. Keeping right on track with the movie, it’s a delight for all the senses. The set detail was superb and the cast works effortlessly to create a dream production with fabulous songs and of course some dirty dancing!
We highly recommend a visit to The Edinburgh Playhouse this week, to catch up with Johnny and Baby!
AFTER A THIRD SENSATIONAL WEST END SEASON,
DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
LOOKS AHEAD TO INTERNATIONAL DATES AND A NINE MONTH UK TOUR IN 2017
Producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott are delighted to announce that the new UK production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, is mamboing back onto the road after a sensational Christmas season in the West End followed by international dates in Bremen and Cannes. The show tours the UK and Ireland until the autumn of 2017.
The UK tour has taken over £10million pounds since it hit the road last August and, due to overwhelming demand for tickets around the country, even more dates have been added, including return visits to Manchester, Blackpool and Liverpool.
The classic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, returns to the UK, following two blockbuster West End runs, two hit UK tours, and various international productions.
Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, this record-breaking all new concept of the show is directed by Federico Bellone, choreographed by Gillian Bruce with set design re-imagined by top Italian designer Roberto Comotti. It premiered in Milan in July 2015, subsequently packing out the 15,000 seat Roman Arena in Verona, and then played a season in Rome.
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off, and two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage originally opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006 with a record-breaking advance of £15 million, making it the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history. The production became the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre and played to over two million people during its triumphant five year run.
Since its Australian debut in 2004, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, has become a worldwide phenomenon, with productions staged in the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Europe, consistently breaking box office records. Recent sell out tours include France, Germany and Australia. The first ever UK tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, launched in 2011 and then returned to the West End in 2013 playing at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, prior to launching a second UK and Ireland tour.
Produced by Karl Sydow, Joye Entertainment and Paul Elliott, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, and written by Eleanor Bergstein, script writer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film, the production features the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film, as well as exciting extra scenes added in.
2017 TOUR DATES
23 – 27 May Grimsby Auditorium
29 May – 3 June Birmingham Alexandra
5 – 10 June Sheffield Lyceum
12 – 17 June Edinburgh Playhouse
19 – 24 June Glasgow Kings Theatre
26 June – 1 July Sunderland Empire
3 – 8 July Bristol Hippodrome
18 – 22 July Manchester Palace
24 – 29 July Grand Theatre Leeds
31 July – 5 August Princess Theatre Torquay
14 – 19 August The Hawth, Crawley
21 – 26 August Bournemouth Pavilion
29 August – 2 September Blackpool Opera House
4 – 9 September New Victoria Woking
11 – 16 September Venue Cymru Llandudno
18 – 23 September Liverpool Empire