Gillian Abbott will lead the cast of the Dirty Dancing national tour.
Gillian Abbott will lead the cast of the Dirty Dancing national tour.

Gillian Abbott has been cast in the iconic role of Frances "Baby" Houseman in the North American tour of the musical Dirty Dancing. Abbott joins the production tonight as it begins performances at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland, where it will continue through March 22.

In this new live theater adaptation now making its way across the continent, Samuel Pergande and Abbott star as Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman, two roles made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 film.

The cast also features Doug Carpenter (Billy Kostecki, singer), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman (Tito Suarez), Ryan Jesse (Neil Kellerman), Caralyn Kozlowski (Marjorie Houseman), Gary Lynch (Max Kellerman), Scott McCreary (Robbie Gould), Herman Petras (Mr. Schumacher), Emily Rice (Lisa Houseman), Mark Elliot Wilson (Dr. Jake Houseman) and Jenny Winton (Penny Johnson). The ensemble comprises John Antony, Rachel Boone, Amanda Brantley, Josh Drake, Rashaan James, II, Joshua Keith, Alexandra Matteo, Michael Milton, Phoebe Pearl, Virginia Preston, Michael Thomas Pugliese, Jennlee Shallow, Nicole Spencer, and Paul Victor.

Dirty Dancing has a book written by original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein. The North American tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. The creative team also includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design), Bernie Ardia (hair design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor and orchestrations), and Alan Plado (music director).

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