Dirty Dancing cast update at Piccadilly Theatre

Cast update for Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage, which returns to the West End, at the Piccadilly Theatre from 13 July, booking to 22 Feb 2014.

American actress Jill Winternitz, from the current touring cast of Dirty Dancing, will continue in the iconic leading role of ‘Baby Houseman’. Manchester born Paul-Michael Jones will reprise his role as ‘Johnny Castle’, he has been part of the Dirty Dancing national tour cast since 2011. Charlotte Gooch will take on the role of dancer ‘Penny Johnson’, having played the part in the 2011-2012 Dirty Dancing touring cast as well as in the Berlin production, and understudying the role in the original London show.

Dirty Dancing opened at the Aldwych Theatre on 24 Oct 2006, following previews from 29 Sep, with a record- breaking advance of £15 million - making it the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history. The production became the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre and played to over 2 million people during its 5 year run, which ended on 9 July 2011.The show has since toured nationwide. (a new UK tour will launch in March 2014)

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage, is written by Eleanor Bergstein, directed by Sarah Tipple, designed by Stephen Brimson-Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, choreography by Kate Champion, costumes by Jennifer Irwin, sound by Bobby Aitken. Produced by Karl Sydow & Amber Jacobsen.

The film Dirty Dancing, which starred Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, was released in 1987. All the hits from the film's soundtrack, which includes Do You Love Me?, She's Like The Wind and Time Of My Life, are featured in the stage show along with some new numbers. The story has been re-written for the stage, but includes all of the movies memorable moments and some added scenes as well. The Houseman's take their vacation at a popular holiday camp, where youngest daughter 'Baby' meets dance teacher from the wrong side of the tracks, Johnny. There begins a classic love story through which we see that love can conquer all barriers and we learn that 'nobody puts Baby in the corner'!

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