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DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE MAKES ITS EAST LANSING PREMIERE THIS NOVEMBER

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DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE MAKES ITS EAST LANSING PREMIERE THIS NOVEMBER

Part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway Series at Wharton Center Date/Time: Tuesday, November 10 — Sunday, November 15, 2015 Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 8:00 p.m. Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Location: Cobb Great Hall Tickets: Tickets from $38 ● plus applicable fees Student and group discounts available. Ticket Office: whartoncenter.com 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

EAST LANSING, MI — The staged adaptation of the worldwide smash-hit film, DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is coming to Wharton Center November 10-15, 2015. Tickets to DIRTY DANCING, part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway Series at Wharton Center start at $38.00 and are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at Wharton Center, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

“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 musical, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely 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 the theatre – audiences watching live bodies dancing 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, most exciting of all – more dancing.”

“Dirty Dancing is one of our most beloved and timeless properties,” said Lionsgate Television COO Sandra Stern.

“Its magic has enchanted audiences on film, television, DVD and digital platforms alike, and it remains a perennial bestseller 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 James Powell 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 heartpounding 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 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.

The show 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 an Italian production (which launched October 2014 in Milan). The show returned to Australia with a new tour that premiered in late 2014 in honor of the stage production’s 10th anniversary.

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 (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and Magic Hour Productions.

For high-resolution images of DIRTY DANCING, visit www.whartoncentermedia.com.

DIRTY DANCING is generously sponsored by BZEM Group at Merrill Lynch, Farm Bureau Insurance and Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn.

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