DIRTY DANCING CAST ANNOUNCED

Published on 29th Sep, 2014

Kirby Burgess as Baby and Kurt Phelan as Johnny Castle (c) Kurt Sneddon

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost today announced cast members for the new Australian production of Dirty Dancing, which will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 28 November this year, followed by Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from 4 March 2015 and the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 27 May.

Two extraordinary young talents will make the leap from chorus to leading roles as the two iconic characters in this much loved musical production. The role of charismatic dance teacher Johnny Castle will be played by Kurt Phelan while the role of innocent young “Baby” Houseman will be played by Kirby Burgess. A NIDA graduate, Phelan is an actor, choreographer and writer. His musical theatre credits include Singin’ in the Rain, Witches of Eastwick, Saturday Night Fever and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Burgess has been seen on stage in Sweet Charity, An Officer and A Gentleman, Hairspray, High School Musical – Live on Stage and currently in LOVEBiTES, and on television in Wonderland.

Already announced is young classical music singer Mark Vincent in his musical theatre debut as Billy Kostecki, Johnny’s cousin. Baby’s father Jake will be played by Adam Murphy, and her older sister Lisa will be Teagan Wouters. Hotel owner Max Kellerman will be Mike Bishop and Neil Kellerman will be Gabriel Brown making his professional debut. In the role of Mr Schumacher is Barry Mitchell and Tito Suarez will be portrayed by Eric Rasmussen. The ensemble will include Erinn Arnel, Kyla Bartholomeusz, Charles Bartley, Aaron James Campbell, Amy Campbell, Anna Freeland, Kim Hudman, Elysha Manik, Sam Marks, James Maxfield, Chris Ostrenski, Hannah Stanton and Mitchell Woodcock.

“We have assembled an exceptional cast for this 10th Anniversary production of Dirty Dancing,” said John Frost. “The local and overseas creative teams were very impressed with the talent during the audition process, and our Australian cast is second to none. I’m thrilled to give Kirby and Kurt their first lead roles in a musical – they are certainly musical theatre stars of the future.

“Dirty Dancing is a wonderful Australian success story. The stage musical gave audiences the chance to hear the songs from the hit film performed live and to experience the breathtaking dance routines. People flocked to it, breaking records all around the world. Now, ten years after the World Premiere in Sydney, it returns home to where the magic began with a sensational new cast, and audiences can again have the Time Of Their Lives.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner said the return of the much-loved stage favourite Dirty Dancing, reinforces Sydney’s position as Australia’s live performance capital. “I congratulate John Frost and his team on assembling such a vibrant young cast who will breathe new life into this much-loved production, which is expected to attract visitors from across Australia,” Mr Stoner said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support this production through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the Sydney Lyric Theatre in November,” he said.

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. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, Baby shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters when an all-night dance party is in full swing. 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 dance instructor. Baby’s 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 with breathtaking consequences.

Featuring hit songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the iconic (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, Dirty Dancing has become one of the most popular musical productions of all time. The new production will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 28 November this year, then Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from 4 March and the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 27 May.

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SYDNEY
Venue: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
Season: From 28 November, 2014
Performance Times: Wed-Sat 8pm, matinees Wed at 1pm and Sat at 2pm, Sunday 1pm and 6pm
Price: Tickets from $59.90*
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795 267
Groups 8+ call 1300 889 278

MELBOURNE
Venue: Princess Theatre
Season: From 4 March, 2015
Performance Times: Wed-Sat 8pm, matinees Wed at 1pm and Sat at 2pm, Sunday 1pm and 6pm
Price: Tickets from $59.90*
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or phone 1300 111 011
Groups 8+ call 1300 889 278

BRISBANE
Venue: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Season: From 27 May, 2015
Performance Times: Wed-Sat 8pm, matinees Wed at 1pm and Sat at 2pm, Sunday 1pm and 6pm
Price: Tickets from $59.90*
Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246
Groups 8+ 07 3840 7466

*An additional transaction fee and/or a credit/debit payment processing fee may apply

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