The Fabulous Fox Theatre announced today that Christopher Tierney and Bronwyn Reed will star as Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman in the St. Louis premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage.
Tierney and Reed lead a company of 26 that includes Matthew Amira as Robbie Gould (The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Ogunquit Playhouse),Jordan Edwin André as Billy Kostecki/Singer (West Side Story – Regional), Alyssa Brizzi as Lisa Houseman (Beauty and the Beast – National Tour), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman as Tito Suarez (The Full Monty), Jennifer Mealani Jones as Penny Johnson (“So You Think You Can Dance” season 10), Hannah Jane McMurray as Marjorie Houseman (Peter Pan 360), Gary Lynch as Max Kellerman (Les Misérables), Jon Powell as Dr. Jake Houseman (The Rose Bowl Queens – LA), Alan Scharf as Mr. Schumacher (Take Her – National Tour) and Matt Surges asNeil Kellerman (A Funny Thing Happened… – Regional). The ensemble comprises Estee Beck, Matthew Borchers, Henry Byalikov, Chante Carmel, Jenifer Dillow, Lindsey Hailes, Michal Kolaczkowski, Kelsey Kramer, Mark MacKillop, Sophie Lee Morris, Katelyn Prominski,Michael Thomas Pugliese, John Swapshire and D. Scott Withers.
Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage at the Fabulous Fox are on sale now online at MetroTix.com, by calling 314-534-1111or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25. Prices are subject to change; please refer to FabulousFox.com for current ticket prices as they are subject to change due to demand. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is part of the U.S. Bank Broadway Series.
Performances of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage at the Fabulous Fox run May 12 – 14. Show times are Friday and Saturdayevening at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
“The company that we have assembled for our North American tour is beautiful and truthful,” says Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical. “I originally wrote the movie because I love to dance. And since the movie first appeared, the open-hearted audience response has made me believe that everyone has a secret dancer inside them, one they feel could connect them to the physical world in the way they dream. If that was true, then its natural form was theater – live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now. I have added 20 more new scenes, 36 numbers of live music, and an eight piece band onstage. It’s been a deep pleasure for us to watch audiences around the country respond as this extraordinarily talented group of people brings Dirty Dancing home to North America.”
The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein and the North American tour will be directed by James Powell with choreography byMichele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. The creative team also includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design),Tim Mitchell (lighting design), Jennifer Irwin (costume design), Bobby Aitken (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video and projection design),Bernie Ardia (hair design), Conrad Helfrich (music supervisor and orchestrations) and Alan Plado (music director).
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music played live by an eight piece onstage band, 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 “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage began as an eight-week staged workshop in Manhattan in the fall of 2001. It 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 London’s 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.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, it has been represented by a new UK tour (which launched March 2014 in Bristol), a German tour (which launched April 2014 in Berlin) and a French tour (which launched January 2015 in Paris). The show returned to Australia with a new tour that premiered in late 2014 in honor of the stage production’s 10th anniversary. The current North American tour launched in Washington, DC in August 2014 and is currently booked through the 2015-2016 season.
The North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC, Grove Entertainment, and Col Joye in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions.
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CHRISTOPHER TIERNEY (Johnny Castle) has danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Les Ballet Jazz du Montreal and Houston Ballet. First national tour of Movin’ Out and the North American premiere of Dirty Dancing. Original cast on Broadway in Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark. Off Broadway credits include I Am The Wind (The One) and Downward Facing Debbie (Tate). Featured actor in Across The Universe with Julie Taymor. All my heart to mom, dad, Patrick and Natalie for their love and support.
BRONWYN REED (Frances “Baby” Houseman) is thrilled to be making her national tour debut playing the iconic role of “Baby” in this fabulous production of Dirty Dancing! After training with The Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, she studied at Stanford University (BFA Drama) and LAMDA (MA in Acting). She plays the recurring role of Lucy Hustonon “Law & Order: SVU,” and can next be seen opposite Charlize Theron in The Last Face, directed by Sean Penn, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Deepest thanks to my cast and crew for dancing with me, to Laura for believing in me and to Aaron and Matt for fighting for me. All my love to my family and friends, and most of all to my love, Michael. Follow my journey on twitter: @bronwynreed, and instagram: bronwnyreedofficial.
MATTHEW AMIRA (Robbie, u/s Billy). Touring debut! Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Jehan Frollo, Ogunquit Playhouse), South Pacific (Asolo Repertory Theatre), She Loves Me (Stephen Kodaly, Infinity Theatre), Fiddler on The Roof, The Most Happy Fella (Goodspeed Opera House), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik, Music Theatre of Wichita). New York City native. BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). All my love to my family, Lookers, Avalon Artists, and Kat! @matthewamira
JORDAN EDWIN ANDRÉ (Billy Kostecki/Singer) is excited to be making his National Tour debut! Regional: West Side Story (Tony), Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus, Wagon Wheel Theatre). Training: BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan. Broadway Dreams Foundation. Huge thank you to everyone on the creative team and Laura Stanczyck. Much love to my parents, twin sister and friends for their love and support.
ALYSSA BRIZZI (Lisa Houseman) was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Growing up, she trained with The National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Banff Ballet. She could be seen most recently in Idaho! The Comedy Musical at the Smith Center in Las Vegas as Belle and Dream Cassie. Some of her past credits include The Broadway National Tour of Beauty and the Beast as the swing and dance captain, Mystic Rhythms (Tokyo DisneySea), Hairspray, West Side Story, High School Musical, Gypsy, Big the Musical and as a finalist on CBC’s reality television series “Triple Sensation.” Alyssa would like to thank her family for their constant love and support as well as the wonderful creatives of Dirty Dancing!
JEROME HARMANN-HARDEMAN (Tito Suarez). Broadway, National and International Tours, Regional North American and European theatre companies: Dirty Dancing; The Full Monty; Dreamgirls; Ragtime; Swing; Kiss of The Spiderwoman; The Fantasticks; Smokey Joeʼs Café; Evita; Cats; Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Floyd Collins; Once On This Island; Kiss Me Kate; Five Guyʼs Named Moe; The Man of La Mancha; A Soldiers Play; The Laramie Project; The Story of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; The Long Dance; Es Geht Mir Gutand A Night At The Circus. Television and film credits: “One Life To Live,” “30 Rock,” “All My Children,” “The Good Wife,” “The Green Jacket,” “Measuring Up,” “Eveʼs Place,” “The Peacemaker” and “Malcolm X.” Member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and WGA.
JENNIFER MEALANI JONES (Penny Johnson), an Ellicott City, MD native, started her dance career in Philadelphia, PA., where she graduated from the University of the Arts. While in Philly she performed with Philadanco, was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season 10), was an NBA 76ers Dream Team dancer and worked with the brilliant Gunnar Montana. In 2014 she moved to Los Angeles where she has danced and worked professionally on stage, in film and commercials. Jennifer is grateful for the love and support from her family and friends, and is thrilled to be starring as Penny on this tour of Dirty Dancing!
GARY LYNCH (Max Kellerman, u/s Jake). Broadway: Les Misérables (Jean Provaire and Javert, Original Broadway Production, 6 years/over 2300 performances), Mamma Mia! (Sam Carmichael, Original Cast, North American and US Premieres) – 2 time National Broadway award nominee, Dirty Dancing (Max Kellerman, Original Cast, US Premiere, 1st and 2nd National Tours). Numerous credits over the last 36 years include off Broadway, Regional, Stock, International, TV and Film. Gary is on the teaching staff, is the artistic director of the NJSDA black box theater and is on the board of directors at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts.
HANNAH JANE McMURRAY (Marjorie Houseman) is thrilled to join the Dirty Dancing tour! Recent credits include: Peter Pan 360 (National Tour). NY/Regional: 1776, Murder on the Nile (Arrow Rock Lyceum), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Boomerang Theatre Co.), Death for Five Voices, The Hidden Sky (Prospect Theater Co.), My Way… (Smithtown PAC), The Miser (Piper Theater) and Les Miserables (Weston Playhouse). In addition to her stage credits, Hannah Jane has been featured in several films, web series and commercials. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory and LAMDA. Visit www.hannahjanemcmurray.com.
JON POWELL (Dr. Jake Houseman). LA Theatre Credits: Cages (Thomas Morri, Playwrights’ Arena), 1776 (Witherspoon, Musical Theatre West), The Rose Bowl Queens (J.B. Eberhart),The Foreigner (Charlie), Little Women The Musical (Professor Bhaer) and Romeo and Juliet (Montague). Film/TV credits: Jeepers Creepers 2, Mighty Joe Young and “Private Practice.” Jon is from Blackfoot, ID and graduated from BYU with a BFA in Musical Dance Theatre.
ALAN SCHARF (Mr. Schumacher) is a Brooklyn College graduate with a BA and MFA in acting and directing. He spent his early years performing in musicals such as West Side Story, Showboat, Anything Goes and Damn Yankees in summer stock. Credits include: Take her, She’s Mine (National Touring Company with Tom Ewell and Audra Lyndley), The Fantasticks(the girl’s father and the boy’s father in two separate productions). He has also performed off-Broadway in New York with such luminaries as Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen and the Lincoln Center production of Young Abe Lincoln as part of the Young Peoples’ Concert series with Leonard Bernstein. Film: Scavenger Hunt, Tentacles and The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in addition to over 50 TV and radio commercials. His most recent stage accomplishments include the baggy pants comedian in Sugar Babies, Frank in Over the River and Through the Woods and Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Mr. Scharf has been on many TV shows as a singer, performing on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, “The Steve Lawrence Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show” and many others as part of the folk-singing group “The Highwaymen,” famous for such hits as Michael, Row the Boat Ashore and Cottonfields. Mr. Sharf has recently joined forces with Roy Connors who sang with him in “The Highwaymen,” calling themselves “2 Guys.” www.2guysharmony.com
MATT SURGES (Neil Kellerman, u/s Billy) is a recent graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. He is proud to be making his National Tour debut in Dirty Dancing! Matt is originally from Sacramento, CA, and some of his regional credits there include A Funny Thing Happened…(Hero), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Passion(Giorgio), Cabaret (Cliff) and Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Bingley). He would like to thank mom, dad, Laura, Clara, and VGP Management.
MATTHEW BORCHERS (Ensemble), a St. Louis native, is ecstatic to be dancin’ dirty across the states! Credits: Theory of Relativity (54 Below), Holiday Inn (St. Louis MUNY), The Christmas Show (OKC Philharmonic), West Side Story (Baby John, MTWichita), Joseph…(Benjamin), 42nd Street (Soldier, Shadow Boy), Happy Days (James Dean, Westchester Broadway Theatre) and Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson, Lyric OKC). Love to the Big Man Upstairs, The Mine, PAC, family, friends and teachers for their constant support. Thanks to David and the Dirty Dancing team! Proud AEA member. OUMT’15. BOOMER! www.matthewborchers.com @mattborchers
HENRY BYALIKOV (Swing/Dance Captain) is thrilled to join the cast of Dirty Dancing. Recent credits include: TV: “Dancing With the Stars Professional.” Stage: choreographer “Bethany Mota Fan Fest,” guest star “Forever Tango,” principal “Sway,” principal “In Your Arms” with Christopher Gatelli. Henry supports the No Barriers Organization with friend & dance partner Amy Purdy. More @HenryByalikov Instagram/Twitter. @OfficialHenryByalikov Facebook. Www.Henry-Byalikov.com
JENIFER DILLOW (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her National Tour debut with Dirty Dancing! Favorite credits include Garry Marshall’s film Mother’s Day, Sinatra: Voice for a Century(Sutton Foster cover, Lincoln Center), Mary Poppins (Ensemble/Dance Captain, Utah Shakespeare Festival), On The Town (Ensemble, Barrington Stage Company) and Disney Dreams(Belle), Twice Charmed (u/s Cinderella) and Villain’s Tonight (u/s Cruella) on Disney Cruise Lines. B.F.A. Musical Theatre and Minor Commercial Dance, PACE University, RADA. Immeasurable love to my savior Jesus, my family and CTG. All for you Garry! www.jeniferdillow.net.
ESTEE BECK (Swing). Estee is a proud South Florida native where she trained in dance her whole youth. Now a New Yorker, her recent credits include regional productions of Funny Girl (dir. Len Pfluger) and The Will Rogers Follies (dir. Ann Cooley). She’s excited to be joining this tour with such a talented cast and crew!
LINDSEY HAILES (Ensemble) is a Kansas native who attended school at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Other National Tour credits include The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble). Lindsey is so excited to be a part of this iconic show and would like to thank Laura Stanczyk Casting. Much love to my wonderful family, friends, mentors and teachers for continued love and support.
MICHAL KOLACZKOWSKI (Swing). National and first International Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional favorites: Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed), Memphis (John W. Engeman Theatre), Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Wedding Singer and Pal Joey (Barn Theatre, MI). Dance: ALMA NYC, iLuminate’s The Tourist. Training: Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center and Michigan State University. Much gratitude to casting, ME Management, educators, friends, & his ballroom-dancing parents! Instagram/twitter: @michalkolaczko
KELSEY KRAMER (Ensemble). Thrilled to be joining the National Tour of Dirty Dancing! Originally from Kalamazoo, MI, Kelsey studied at The Ailey School in NYC and has since gone on to perform all around the world, including international waters, Hong Kong and most recently Las Vegas, NV. A proud new Equity member, Kelsey wants to send love to her friends, family and Chris for their unending support.
MARK MacKILLOP (Ensemble; u/s Johnny) Originally from Vancouver, Mark spent a year touring as Riff (West Side Story International Tour). Previously in On Your Toes (Encores, NY City Center), most recently working with Tony Award winning director Susan Stroman on Little Dancer and also three seasons with the Atlanta Ballet at which time he had the chance to perform with artists Big Boy and Janelle Monae. Mark would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.
SOPHIE LEE MORRIS (Swing) is an Actress, Dancer and Singer represented by Take 3 Talent in New York City. Sophie recently graduated from Texas Christian University with her BFA in Musical Theatre and has had the privilege to work professionally at Theatre Raleigh, McCarter Theatre Center, Trinity Shakespeare Festival and more. sophie-lee-morris.squarespace.com @sophie.lee.morris
KATELYN PROMINSKI (Ensemble). Washington, DC native! TOUR: Flashdance the Musical (Ballet Dancer), Dirty Dancing (Ensemble, Penny u/s) REGIONAL: Little Dancer (Étoile), Singin’ in the Rain (Girl in the Green Dress). Danced with Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, & Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Proud Dexcom Warrior and marm for Joffrey Elite. Love to Mom & family, my husband Max, Marianne Wells, & CTG! @katelynbaud
MICHAEL THOMAS PUGLIESE (Swing) is elated to be back on the road with Dirty Dancing. Michael has previously toured with Dirty Dancing as a Swing/Dance Captain, performed at the Ogunquit Playhouse in West Side Story and spent time dancing for Norwegian Cruise Line. He would like to thank his friends, family and always his teachers for their love, support and energy. @itsmikepugz
JOHN SWAPSHIRE (Ensemble) was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and trained under the direction of Lee Nolting and Alicia Graf Mac at Center Of Creative Arts. John has worked in residency with Paul Taylor, River North, Pilobolus, Complexions ballet, Alvin Ailey and Camille A Brown. In May of 2016 John received his B.F.A in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He’s performed with the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater and most recently Wylliams/ Henry Contemporary Dance Company.
SCOTT WITHERS (Ensemble) is thrilled to join the Dirty Dancing team! National tours: Elf, Memphis and Catch Me If You Can. Regional Theatres: Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Arkansas Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Geva, Fulton and AZ Broadway. BFA in Theatre Performance from Arizona State. Much love to Withers clan and AJP!