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National Tour of Dirty Dancing to Start in September 2008 logo
Josef Brown and Georgina Rich in the
London production of Dirty Dancing
(© David Scheinmann)
The U.S. national tour of the musical Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage, based on the hit 1987 film, will premiere on September 2, 2008 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre. Casting and additional tour stops will be announced at a later date.

The musical is penned by Eleanor Bergstein, the film's screenwriter, and directed by James Powell, with choreography by Kate Champion. It tells the story of Frances "Baby" Houseman, a doctor's daughter, who falls for Johnny Castle, a talented, headstrong dancer from the wrong side of the tracks.

Separate productions of the show are currently playing in London and Hamburg, Germany, with a third production set to begin performances in Toronto this fall. The musical has previously played Australia and New Zealand.

The show's creative team includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (sets), Jennifer Irwin (costumes), Tim Mitchell (lighting), Bobby Aitken (sound), Jon Driscoll (videos and projections), Craig Wilson (Latin and Ballroom dance choreography), and Conrad Helfich (musical supervision).

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