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Dirty Dancing UK Tour
Now you’ve had The Time of Your Life seeing it in the West End, get ready to see the 2014 UK Tour of Dirty Dancing in your hometown as Dirty Dancing makes its way across the country for a massive tour in 2014.
Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On Stage closed at the Aldwych Theatre on 9 July 2011 following a successful 5 year run, and a UK tour is planned.
The tour will start in September at the Bristol Hippodrome and tour the UK until it currently finishes at the Milton Keynes Theatre on 26th May 2012.
Paul-Michael Jones (Mamma Mia, Never Forget tour) is playing Johnny Castle (the Patrick Swayze role) and Emily Holt (tour of Grease) is playing the show’s heroine Frances “Baby” Houseman who is taught to dance by hunky Johnny while at holiday camp.
West End performer Shona Lindsay (Grease, Chicago, Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera, the King and I) is also in the cast with Aimie Atkinson playing Elizabeth, Charlotte Gooch is Penny and Neil Kellerman is Joe Evans. Russell Smith (ensemble in Dirty Dancing London) is swing/dance captain
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Dirty Dancing played at the Aldwych Theatre. Running time 2 hours 25 including interval.
The closure had been rumoured since the tour of Dirty Dancing was announced a few months ago. Casting details have not yet been announced.
Cast News and Dates
Ray Quinn was due to leave the part of Billy Kostecki in the West End production of Dirty Dancing on 27th November 2010 to be in pantomime, but due to public demand he will continue performing at the Aldwych Theatre until May 28th 2011 taking a short break over Christmas for his panto. During the break he will be replaced by Will Breckin before returning on January 17th.
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Dirty Dancing Story
The story might be cheesy but it's still a great night out because this musical is truly engaging and fun. Set in Kellerman's holiday resort, in the Catskills, New York state back in the summer of 1963. the story centres around the relationship between daddy's girl , Frances "Baby" Houseman, and a talented, intense and handsome dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
The musical score is packed with both contemporary 80's and period songs, including the smash hit and Academy Award Winner for Best Song, "Time of My Life". This is a story about not being afraid of what people think, not being afraid to break the rules and that is as relevant today as it ever was.
The show has great songs, fantastic dance routines and is a real 'feel good' treat. A perfect frothy indulgence for this time of year! London in the run up to Christmas is great fun too. There are the Oxford and Regent Street lights and lots of scope for pre-Christmas shopping.
Eight Facts about Dirty Dancing
- Baby changes costume 21 times throughout the show.
- Each girl in the ensemble has 10 dresses.
- Three prop watermelons have been made especially for the production.
- There are 55 songs in Dirty Dancing the musical including Hungry Eyes and (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
- The show has a cast of 35.
- There are also a few songs in the musical which the film makers did not gain rights to including Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters and Stubborn Kinda Fella by Marvin Gaye.
- Dirty Dancing broke records in Germany and the UK for having the highest advance ticket sales in history.
- Before even hitting the London stage, Dirty Dancing had sold out for the first six months of its run.
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