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DPAC Announces the Triangle Premiere of "Dirty Dancing"

  (June 23, 2014)
DPAC Announces the Triangle Premiere of "Dirty Dancing"

Durham, NC (PRWEB) June 23, 2014

DPAC announced today that individual tickets for the Triangle premiere of Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale June 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the DPAC Ticket Center or by visiting and Ticketmaster. The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play DPAC September 16th - 21st, 2014.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m.:

  •     Online at
  •     DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
  • / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.982.2787

As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over, said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical, I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was the theatre audiences watching live bodies dancing here and now in the present on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor, and in the staff quarters at Kellermans. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more Baby and Johnny scenes, more about the family, more songs I couldnt afford last time, and, most exciting of all more dancing.

Dirty Dancing is one of our most beloved and timeless properties, said Lionsgate Television COO Sandra Stern. Its magic has enchanted audiences on film, television, DVD, and digital platforms alike, and it remains a perennial best-seller in our film and television library. Were delighted to participate in the latest stage incarnation that will introduce Dirty Dancing to a whole new generation of fans, and we expect the stage play to prove yet again that nobody puts Baby in a corner.

The productions book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, and the North American tour will be directed by James Powell, with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion.

Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (Ive Had) The Time Of My Life. Londons Sunday Express says This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!

Its the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances Baby Houseman is on vacation in New Yorks Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resorts staff quarters, Baby cant wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resorts sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Babys life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnnys leading lady, both on-stage and off.

Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia in November 2004 before embarking upon a hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 where it broke records for achieving the highest advance in European history.

The production began performances on Londons West End in October 2006 with an £11 million advance, and went on to become the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre. It closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year UK national tour, and then returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre.

The show has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. It is currently represented by a new UK tour, which launched March 2014 in Bristol.

The North American tour of Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC, Grove Entertainment in association with Lionsgate (LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and Magic Hour Productions.


Eleanor Bergstein (Book) is a novelist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Her stories have been published in national magazines, ranging from the Transatlantic Review to Redbook and Cosmopolitan. Her first novel, Advancing Paul Newman, about women and politics in the 1960s, was published by the Viking Press, and her first movie script was Its My Turn, starring Jill Clayburgh and Michael Douglas. Her second novel, Ex-Lover, about sexual obsession, was published by Random House. She has worked on a variety of film projects, including the final script revision of Sister Act. She then wrote and directed Let It Be Me, which starred Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Leslie Caron, and Patrick Stewart. Her most famous project was one of the most successful independent films of all time, Dirty Dancing. It was the unique continuing response to the story over the years that made her decide to reimagine Dirty Dancing as a stage event. The multiple viewings by audiences all over the world made her suspect that what the audiences really wanted was to be more physically involved in the story. This would mean that its ultimate form should be one that combined dance and story and music onstage in a new way. It was also her chance to add new scenes not in the movie, as well as songs she had wanted for the movie and been unable to obtain. Ms. Bergstein, through her company Magic Hour Productions, is at work on a new stage musical set in London in the late 1960s, a new work of fiction, and preparing a film to be shot in Rome, as well as film to be shot in Slovenia.

James Powell (Director) was an actor for 12 years and was appearing in Les Misérables at Londons Palace Theatre when he was asked to take over the position of resident director in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on a variety of productions and during that time, he was staff director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisting Jude Kelly on a number of projects including the Olivier Award-winning Singin in the Rain, which transferred from Leeds to the Royal National Theatre in London. On returning to London, he joined Cameron Mackintoshs production of The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as resident director. He then went to Melbourne, Australia to direct his first foreign production for Jacobsen Entertainments. James returned from Australia to take on the position of associate director on Les Misérables and oversaw the shows move from its home of many years, the Palace Theatre, to the Queens Theatre on Shaftesbury Ave. He was also invited to direct a concert version of the show in Scandinavia and a full-scale production in Berlin. 2009 saw James working on Camerons brand new production of Les Misérables which opened in Cardiff and toured the UK, and which celebrates the 25th anniversary of a show he was involved in originally as an actor and is now part of a new creative team. Whilst maintaining his position as associate director on Les Misérables, James also worked on Camerons new presentation, Mary Poppins, originally in Bristol and then in Londons West End and on Broadway. In June 2008, he directed the UK tour of Mary Poppins and has since directed the production in Holland and been the associate of the Broadway production. James was delighted to renew his association with the Jacobsen Entertainment Group when they asked him to direct their production of Dirty Dancing in Londons West End, a partnership that has seen him direct the show in Toronto, Utrecht, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and Berlin. In 2010, James directed the Australian production of Mary Poppins where it opened to great success in Melbourne. He has also co-directed Les Misérables in London at the Barbican, a tour in the UK, a production in Madrid, and on tour in the United States, culminating in the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena. In 2011, James worked on moving Mary Poppins to Sydney and later in the year, he co-directed the international arena tour of Batman which opened in Manchester and moved to London and onward internationally. Over the last two years, James has worked on Les Misérables in Spain, the US, Australia, and Japan. He recently returned from Toronto and this production of Les Misérables before he directed a production of Half a Sixpence at his old alma mater at Mountview Drama School in London.

Michele Lynch (Choreography) is thrilled to be a part of Dirty Dancing. She recently choreographed Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre, as well as The Last Five Years film. Choreography Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture, The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray (assoc. choreo), The Full Monty (asst. choreo), and Urinetown (asst. choreo). She choreographed the national tours of Little House on the Prairie (also at Papermill Playhouse) and Happy Days the Musical (also at Goodspeed, receiving a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for her work). Off-Broadway, she choreographed Everyday Rapture and We the People (Joe A. Calloway Award nomination). Other film credits include Joyful Noise (starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah) and Camp. For opera, her production of Showboat was seen at Chicago Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Regional Theaters include Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theater, Riverside Theater, St. Louis MUNY, Capital Repertory Theater, Asolo Theater, Fords Theater, Stamford Center for the Arts, North Carolina Theater, and Starlight Theater. She also choreographed Dolly Partons Better Day World Tour.

Kate Champion (Original Choreography) is the Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney-based dance theatre company, Force Majeure. She has also variously worked as a director/choreographer/performer for Sydney Theatre Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, NIDA, and The English National Opera. In 1996, Kate was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for Choreographic Excellence, enabling her to create her first solo work, Face Value, which was awarded a Green Room and a MO Award. In 1997, she directed Under the Influence for Legs on the Wall, which premiered in Sydney and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe and Riverside Studios, London. In 2001, she created a new solo show About Face, and in 2002, directed Same, Same But Different for Force Majeure. Both these productions won Helpmann Awards. Kate choreographed the world premiere of the stage version of Dirty Dancing, which opened in Sydney November 2004 and has subsequently toured to Europe, UK, and USA. Since 2005, Kate has directed Already Elsewhere, Tenebrae 1 and 11, The Age Im In, Not In A Million Years, Never Did Me Any Harm (a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company), and Food (a co-production with Belvoir) for Force Majeure. In 2010, Kate choreographed the premier production of Opera Australias Bliss, which subsequently toured to the Edinburgh Festival and Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company. Kate was Associate Director of Opera Australias 2013 production of Wagners Ring Cycle.


Amber Jacobsen worked for Jacobsen Entertainment as the head of touring and executive producer from 1997 to 2009 in Australia. She was responsible for the research, procurement, and presentation of many concerts for artists, including Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, Shania Twain, Pearl Jam, and Usher, as well as being executive producer for theatre and arena productions such as Fame The Musical, SHOUT!, The Man From Snowy River, and Long Way to the Top. Amber was the executive producer for the first production of Dirty Dancing in Australia and has executive produced and subsequently produced all productions thereafter.

NETworks Presentations LLC, founded in 1995, has continued to grow and expand to become one of the largest producing organizations of touring Broadway musicals in North America and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences around the world. Its extensive and diverse list of touring productions include: Cameron Mackintoshs The 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables and the spectacular new production of The Phantom of the Opera; The National Theatre of Great Britains production of War Horse; Queen and Ben Eltons We Will Rock You; Disneys Beauty and the Beast; Blue Man Group national tour; The Lincoln Center Theater productions of The Light in the Piazza; and Rodgers & Hammersteins South Pacific, as well as Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, Seussical, Annie, La Cage Aux Folles, Rent, The Producers, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, Billy Elliot the Musical, Elf the Musical, Dirty Dancing and many others.

Grove Entertainment. Helmed by producer Beth Williams, Grove Entertainment is a production company dedicated to developing new work for stage and screen. Ms. Williams helped launch Key Brand Entertainment in the United States and was the COO, Head of Production and CEO Theater Division for Broadway Across America for six years. Broadway productions include Pippin, Big Fish, Million Dollar Quartet, Hands on a Hardbody, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises, Grey Gardens, The Producers The New Mel Brooks Musical and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting, Bull Durham, and The Blonde Streak.

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 34 television shows on 22 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, and the critically-acclaimed series Orange is the New Black. Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud, and Pantelion Films' breakout hit, Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S. Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

Magic Hour Productions was founded by Eleanor Bergstein in 1994 to develop and produce works by herself and others for print, film, and stage. Magic Hour Productions has been involved in the development and production of the stage musical of Dirty Dancing since its inception, including the first staged workshop in New York in 2001. Currently, Magic Hour Productions is working to bring Dirty Dancing to new territories around the world, including Greece and Japan. In addition to Dirty Dancing, Magic Hour Productions is developing a new musical by Ms. Bergstein set in the late 1960s London, a film to be shot in Rome, and a romantic comedy film to be shot in Slovenia. Magic Hour's team includes Tomoko Minami who has worked with Ms. Bergstein since 2001, and Robin Nahas. The company is based in New York City.

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