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DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE EXPLODES ONTO COMMUNITY CENTER THEATER STAGE DEC. 26 – JAN. 4

Based on Hit Movie, Tour Marks 10th Anniversary of Global Stage Phenomenon

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing, will play at Sacramento Community Center Theater from December 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015.  Based on the tremendously popular classic 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is part of the Broadway Sacramento series presented by California Musical Theatre.  Performance times vary; for information visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com.

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!”  The Chicago Sun Times says “It’s impossible not to have fun at Dirty Dancing!”  And the Boston Globe says, “Fasten your seat belts and have the time of your life.”

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.

Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage begin at $22 and are available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999; they are also available at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 808-5181, or online at www.Tickets.com. Sacramento Community Center Theater is located at 1301 L Street in Sacramento.

Groups of 10 or more can reserve tickets by calling (916) 557-1198.  Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please call (916) 557-1999 or visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com.

Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller star as Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman in the North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. The stage musical of the worldwide smash-hit film began performances August 26 in Washington, D.C. prior to a September 2 opening night at the National Theatre, 10 years after the original stage production received its world premiere in Sydney, Australia.

Pergande and Mueller lead a company of 26 that also includes Doug Carpenter (Billy Kostecki, Singer), Sam Edgerly (Robbie), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman (Tito Suarez), Caralyn Kozlowski (Marjorie Houseman), Jesse Liebman (Neil Kellerman), Gary Lynch (Max Kellerman), Herman Petras (Mr. Schumacher), Emily Rice (Lisa Houseman), Mark Elliot Wilson (Dr. Jake Houseman) and Jenny Winton (Penny Johnson). The ensemble comprises John Antony, Rachel Boone, Amanda Brantley, Jon Drake, Josh Drake, Rashaan James, II, Joshua Keith, Alexandra Matteo, Kevin Munhall, Phoebe Pearl, Virginia Preston, Michael Thomas Pugliese, Jennlee Shallow and Nicole Spencer.

“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 and it’s a thrill for us to have this group of people bring Dirty Dancing home to North America.”

The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein and the North American tour is 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 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.

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.

For more information on the tour, please visit http://us.dirtydancingontour.com/.  For more information on the Broadway Sacramento engagement, please visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com.

BIOS

SAMUEL PERGANDE (Johnny Castle) began his training at the Milwaukee Ballet School. Mr. Pergande was coached and trained exclusively by Yves de Bouteiller. He continued his training at distinguished schools such as San Francisco Ballet, Bolshoi in Vail and the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. In 1995, Mr. Pergande was accepted to the American Ballet Theater Studio Company and shortly acquired an apprentice contract with the American Ballet Theater. He toured extensively with the company nationally and internationally dancing in Manon, Don Quixote, La Bayadere and Giselle. He later joined the Joffrey Ballet under the direction of Gerald Arpino. Mr. Pergande danced principal roles such as Lucencio in John Kranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Romeo in Kranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Cavalier in Robert Joffrey’s Nutcracker, Faun in Nikiski’s Afternoon Of A Faun, Aston’s Monotones II and Blue Pas in Jiri Kalian’s Return to a Strange Land. His repertoire also includes leading pas de deux’s from Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Suite Saint Saens, Italian Suite, Reflections and Round of Angels. Mr. Pergande has danced in international festivals in The Netherlands, United Kingdom and New York. He is also a cast member in the movie The Company directed by Robert Altman. After his ballet career, he joined the North American cast of Dirty Dancing and later joined the London cast as Robbie and covering Johnny. Other stage credits include Billy Elliot (U.S. national tour and Toronto) playing Older Billy. Recently, Mr. Pergande was with Cirque du Soleil as one of the leading characters of La Nouba.

JILLIAN MUELLER (Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman). Jillian just finished starring in Flashdance-The Musical! She got her start on Broadway in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and then Bye Bye Birdie starring John Stamos and Gina Gershon. At 17 years old, she went on the 1st National tour of Green Day’s American Idiot followed by Memphis. TV: “One Bad Choice” (MTV), “A Gifted Man” (CBS). Thanks to the Dirty Dancing team, teachers and mentors along the way and love to her mom, dad and brother Jack. @jillimueller

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