dirty dirty dancingOn most tv talent  shows the judges have a significant role in determining who goes on to the next round. But the audience also gets a chance to vote by phone or online to express their preferences.

Based on this format, Dirty Dancing is one of the most popular Dallas shows this year. As soon as information came out, people  would ask me if I was going. (Of course my friends know I try to make every dance or musical events) I heard from people who I have not been in contract with since Jersey Boys (the second runner up in my friends’ favorites)

A few days ago a friend who I had not heard from forever called and said we really need to get together because we hadn’t seen each other in awhile. Getting together to her usually means I have tickets and I invite her to be my Plus One (trade term for people who go with reviewers to events and performances. And i know she loves dance)

I responded, that would be great.!(insert a long silence here) I wait for her to suggest something. Finally she says, I was hoping we can get together this week. (This is the week of Dirty Dancing)  I have never been more popular

Other people ask me who I am taking  to Dirty Dancing . I respond with a vague “not sure what day I am going.” ***

Dirty Dancing– The Classic Story On Stage, comes to life at the Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement from June 23 – July 5, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. The tour will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall July 7-12, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

DIRTY DANCING 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 “(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 into the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.

DIRTY DANCING 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.

“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 openhearted 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.

This remarkable cast brings those dreams to life through their extraordinary talent and exceptional skill. It’s been a deep pleasure for us to watch audiences around the country respond as this lovely 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 by Michele 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 has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.

***in an ironic twist of fate, my plus one thought it was a day later. She is always prompt so I didn’t call to check on her ETA, she said, “what time should I come?”  I said I will get a cab and meet you there. She was surprised it was that night. All through the night I kept thinking of all the people that would love to have been sitting in that seat.

Single tickets for Dirty Dancing– The Classic Story On Stage from $20-$93 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

For Fort Worth tickets: Single tickets are now on sale from $44-$132. Additionally, Dirty Dancing– The Classic Story On Stage is also part of a Choose Your Own Season Ticket Package.

Single and season tickets are currently available online at www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817.212.4280 or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office.