One of the country’s favourite musicals Dirty Dancing has announced casting for its new 2016/7 tour, which launches from Blackpool Opera House this August (Tour dates below).
The new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will see Baby and Johnny having the time of their lives all over again.
Lewis Griffiths stars as Johnny Castle, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture. Lewis has had a prolific career in musical theatre, most recently starring as Nick Massi on the UK tour of Jersey Boys. Other roles include Ghost, Legally Blonde tours and West End runs in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rent and Whistle Down the Wind.
Katie Hartland will make her professional musical theatre debut carrying the watermelons as she takes on the role Baby Houseman, having graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015.
Carlie Milner will star as Penny Johnson. Carlie is part of the Dirty Dancing family, starting as a member of the 2014 ensemble before covering, and subsequently taking over, the role of Penny last year.
Joining Lewis, Katie and Carlie will be Julian Harries, Simone Craddock, Roger Martin, Jo Servi, Lizzie Ottley, Michael Kent, Greg Fossard, Tony Stansfield and Daniela Dobega.
Also in the company are Gabby Antrobus, Imogen Brooke, Simon Campbell, Robert Colvin, Katie Eccles, Beth Highsted, Megan Louch, Ashley Rumble, Callum Sterling, Austin Wilks and Karl James Wilson.
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.
She shows little interest in resort activities while on holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents.
Instead Baby 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’s smokin’ hot 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.
2016/7 Tour Dates
August 11-30, Blackpool Opera House September 1-10, Orchard Theatre, Dartford September 12-17, Opera House, Swansea September 19-24, Aylesbury Waterside September 26-October 1, New Theatre, Wimbledon October 10-15, Palace Theatre, Manchester October 17-22, Grand Opera House, York October 24-29, Carlisle Sands Centre October 31-November 5, Northampton Derngate November 7-12, Regent Theatre, Stoke November 14-19, Kings Theatre, Southsea November 21-26, Reading Hexagon November 28-December 3, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
January 10-21, Southend Cliffs Pavilion January 23-28, Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne January 30-February 4, Belgrade Theatre Coventry February 6-11, Dublin Bord Gais Theatre February 13-18, Millennium Forum, Derry February 20-25, Grand Opera House Belfast February 27-March 4, INEC Killarney March 6-11, Churchill Theatre, Bromley March 20-25, Ipswich Regent March 27-April 1, Cardiff New Theatre April 3-8, Wycombe Swan April 10-15, Leicester De Montfort Hall April 17-22, Hall for Cornwall Truro April 24-29, Milton Keynes Theatre May 29-June 3, Birmingham Alexandra.