Boston, MA (July 31, 2017) – The Boch Center announced today that the staged production of the worldwide smash-hit film with live music, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, will play the Boch Center Shubert Theatre from June 13–17, 2018 for eight performances. Press night is set for Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:00PM. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:00AM.
“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 production, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more physically 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 theatre – live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more Baby and Johnny scenes, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, best of all – more dancing. I have added 20 new original scenes, 36 numbers of live music and an eight piece band onstage, to invite the audience to come into Kellerman’s and experience the story as a live event as it happens.”
“Dirty Dancing is one of our most beloved and timeless properties,” said Lionsgate Television Group’s President 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. We’re 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 production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein and the North American tour will be directed by Sarna Lapine 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 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 will play the Boch Center Shubert Theatre for eight performances from June 13–17, 2018. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00AM and are available at the Boch Center Box Office, bochcenter.org, or by calling (866) 348-9738. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Boch Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage
WHEN: Wednesday, June 13 – Sunday, June 17, 2018 – 8 PERFORMANCES
WHERE: Boch Center Shubert Theatre
TICKETS ON SALE: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:00AM
TICKETS: $35.00 – $125.00 (All prices include a $4.00 Facility Fee)
Tickets are available at the Boch Center Box Office, bochcenter.org, or by calling (866) 348-9738.
About the Boch Center – The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more. Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. Learn more at bochcenter.org.