Dirty Dancing will hit the Blackpool Winter Gardens in under two weeks!
If you can’t wait that long then no fear, the Winter Gardens have got your back.
Take a look at these tantalising pics from the rehearsals of Federico Bellone’s version of the classic story. The show arrives on the Blackpool stage from Aug 11 – 30. If these don’t get you in the mood, nothing will!
All Photos & Feature Image by: Michael Wharley
Lewis Griffiths – A fitting tribute to Patrick’s memory!
Ladies, this is your new Johnny Castle. You might recognise him from playing Nick Massi in the recent UK tour of Jersey Boys. Or from Ghost. Or Legally Blonde. Or frankly from a ton of things in the West End including: Priscilla, Rent and Whistle Down the Wind.
Don’t say we never treat you.
There has been an overwhelming demand for tickets from across the country, with over 150,000 tickets sold and over £5m taken. The more we look at Lewis Griffiths the more we understand why. Just because the Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is in Blackpool for a whole three weeks doesn’t mean that tickets aren’t red hot!
Speaking of Red Hot – How’s this for Chemistry?
Katie Hartland looks perfectly in-tune with Lewis in these shots. Katie is fresh from the The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Shes a true rising star. Whilst training she has already performed in West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Hayfever, A Midsummer Nights Dream and as Juliet in…well, the world’s most famous love story of course.
A dancer by trade, Carlie Milner will take on the role of Penny. She has the pedigree for the part though, having previously been a member of the ensemble in 2014 before covering, then securing, the role of Penny Johnson in 2015.
Previously she has appeared in: Sleeping Beauty, The English National Ballet’s Swan Lake, and the The National Ballet of Ireland’s The Nutcracker.
A Quality Cast
It’s not just about Johnny and Frances though. If you’re gonna pull off ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and, crucially, ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ then you need to to back it up with a class cast.
Julian Harries will play ‘Jake Houseman’, Simone Craddock – ‘Marjorie Houseman’, Roger Martin – ‘Max Kellerman’.
Whilst Jo Servi plays ‘Tito Suarez’, Lizzie Ottley – ‘Lisa Houseman’ and Michael Kent as ‘Billy Kostecki’.
They are joined by Greg Fossard as ‘Neil Kellerman’, Tony Stansfield as ‘Mr Schumacher’, and Daniela Pobega as ‘Elizabeth’, and Camilla Rowland as ‘Vivian’.
The show is fresh from two blockbuster runs in the West End alongside two hit UK tours, and a string of smash hit international productions.
Dirty Dancing and Smoking Scenes
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is the ultimate live Dirty Dancing experience and these pics are doing it justice. This all new production of the record-breaking musical tells the story we all know, of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman’s perfect summer as more than just Johnny Castle’s raunchy dance partner, but with all new flair and style rarely seen on the stage.
If you these pics have put you in the mood then you can catch the show from Aug 11 – 30 at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Tickets start at just £20 for the evening or matinee performances and can be purchased here.