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

A decade after its World Premiere, Dirty Dancing will make a welcome return to Sydney on 28 November 2014, playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star.

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 where 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’s 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.

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost said “We have assembled an exceptional cast for this 10th Anniversary production of Dirty Dancing”.

The role of charismatic dance teacher Johnny Castle will be played by NIDA graduate Kurt Phelan, 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.

Kirby Burgess will play the role of innocent young “Baby” Houseman. Kirby has been seen on stage in Sweet Charity, An Officer and A Gentleman, Hairspray, High School Musical – Live on Stage and on television in Wonderland.

In his musical theatre debut, classical music singer Mark Vincent will play Billy Kostecki, Johnny’s cousin. Baby’s father Jake will be played by Adam Murphy and her older sister Lisa will be played by Teagan Wouters.

image001Featuring 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.

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.

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”.

Sandra Tiltman

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