Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage

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Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage is a stage musical, written by Eleanor Bergstein (1938-)[1]

Often referred to as Dirty Dancing only.

The original text

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage was an adaptation by Bergstein of her own script for the award-winning movie of 1987[2], which she had based on incidents from her own life. The play has the same songs as the film, plus a few extra scenes.

The play was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia on 18 November 2004, produced by Jacobsen Entertainment in Australia, with musical direction was by Chong Lim. It later went on a national tour of Australia and New Zealand, visiting Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 and various productions have since broken attendance records around the world. Performed across the world, inter alia a national tour of the UK and Ireland (including a record breaking season at the Aldwych Theatre, London), tours of the USA, Canada, Holland, and playing to record numbers at Germany's Potzdammer Platz theatre in Berlin.

The enormous production has a cast of 35 who get through 55 songs during 73 scene changes lit by 200 moving lights. Baby alone has 21 costume changes. The cast is supported by 24 production staff with 4 wig girls, a creative team of 10 and 11 in the orchestra pit.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2012-2013: Produced in South Africa by Pieter Toerien, Hazel Feldman and Karl Sydow, in association with Joye Entertainment, Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, playing at The Teatro at Montecasino (26 October 2012 to 13 January 2013) and at Artscape, Cape Town (18 January 2013 to 10 March 2013). The cast consisted of Gareth Bailey/Luigi Vigliotti (alternating as "Johnny"), Bryony Whitfield ("Baby), Mila de Baggi ("Penny"), Nadia Beukes ("Lisa"), Kyle Grant ("Billy"), Richard Gau ("Robbie"), Rhys Williams ("Neil"), Zane Gillion ("Tito"), Mike Huff ("Max") Mark Rayment ("Jake"), Kate Normington ("Marge"), Malcolm Terrey ("Mr Schumaker") and Nurit Graff ("Viv"). The ensemble included Kjersti Soberg, Bradley Searle, Claire Scheepers, L.J. Nielsen, Chris Jaftha, Cameron Botha, Liezl Oelofsen, Sebe Leotela, Jessica Green, Henk Opperman and Lebo Toko.




"Smash hit Dirty Dancing heads for Teatro", Pieter Toerien Productions (ArtsLink 05/30/2012 15:56)[3]

"Dirty Dancing - cast announcement", Pieter Toerien Productions (ArtsLink 07/31/2012 15:09:59)[4]

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