SHOWBIZ CHICAGO: Interview with “DIRTY DANCING’S” KELSEY WALSH
Chicago native Kelsey Walsh discusses touring the country in the hit musical Dirty Dancing:-The Classic Story On Stage which returns to Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre May 29 – June 3.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage 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!
KELSEY WALSH (Ensemble; u/s Penny). National tour debut! Recent: SoulEscape, Odyssey Dance Theatre. BFA, University of Arizona. Love to my family and MTA for their endless support. @kelsey_walsh
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, directed by Sarna Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George – Broadway; War Horse – North American tour), will return to Chicago for a limited engagement at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) May 29 through June 3, 2018.
Leading a company of 24 are Aaron Patrick Craven as Johnny Castle and Kaleigh Courts as Francis “Baby” Houseman. They are joined by Anaïs Blake as Penny Johnson, Erica Lee Cianciulli as Marjorie Houseman, Nickolaus Colõn as Billy
Kostecki/Singer, Ryan Cupello as Robbie Gould, Buddy Daniels Friedman as Mr. Schumacher, Rick Grossman as Max Kellerman, Demitra Pace as Lisa Houseman, Owen Russell as Neil Kellerman, Christopher Robert Smith as Dr. Jake
Houseman and Torrey Linder as Tito Suarez. The ensemble is comprised of Alex Caldwell, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Lane Halperin, Benjamin T. Henley, J’royce Jata, Hunter Mikles, Honza Pelichovksy, Erica Philpot, Joshua Clifton Powell,
Hannah Straney, , Kelsey Walsh and Aidan Ziegler-Hansen.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features an eight piece band that performs the timeless hits on stage, led by Conductor Jonathan Marro (Keyboard) and Associate Conductor Michael Hopewell (Keyboard). The band also includes Ethan Hack-Chabot (Guitar), Michael Bliss (Reeds), Adam Hradisky (Drums), Ryan McCausland (Percussion), Jared Pasimio (Bass) and Patrick Stouffer (Trumpet).
The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, author of the original script of the film, and the North American tour is choreographed by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. The creative team also includes Mikiko Suzuki (Scenic Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Jennifer Irwin (Costume Design), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Bernie Ardia (Hair Design), Conrad Helfrich (Music Supervisor and Orchestrations) and Alan
J. Plado (Music Director). Stewart/Whitley is the casting director for this tour.
North American tour booking arrangements are provided by The Road Company.
Individual tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) range from $18-$85 with a select number of premium seats available. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by
calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.