Dirty Dancing cast revealed
PUBLISHED: 09:31 18 August 2011 | UPDATED: 09:31 18 August 2011
THE producers of the first ever national tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, have announced who will be having the time of their lives next month.
One of the most successful musicals in West End history, the lead casting for The Bristol Hippodrome leg has been announced.
Paul-Michael Jones will be putting on the leather jacket to play Johnny Castle, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture, made famous around the world by Patrick Swayze in the 1987 smash hit movie.
Emily Holt will be carrying the watermelon as idealistic Baby Houseman, the role taken by Jennifer Grey in the film, who discovers love and life in the summer she will never forget.
Paul-Michael trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2007.
His theatre credits include Eddie in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre, London), understudying and performing the roles of Jake and Adrian in Never Forget (UK National Tour), Jack in Jack & The Beanstalk (Victoria Theatre, Halifax), We Will Rock You (Cologne), Dance Captain in Fame (European Tour).
His TV credits include dancing for Dame Shirley Bassey on The Dame Edna Everage Show (ITV), and with Paul O’Grady and Michael Parkinson on The Paul O’Grady Show.
He has represented England as a Latin American and Ballroom Dancer, as one of the top two English couples, at The World Championships in Singapore.
Emily played Martha in the TV series The Pillars of The Earth also starring Donald Sutherland. Prior to this she played Susie in a film directed by Henry Mason and co-starring Rik Mayall.
Her film roles include a young Bridesmaid in The Boat That Rocked for Working Title Films and directed by Richard Curtis.
Since its announcement in November 2010, demand for tickets for the first-ever UK tour of Dirty Dancing has been phenomenal, with sales already exceeding £11million, and many performances already sold out.
The production will be staged at The Bristol Hippodrome from September 1 to October 8.
Tickets, priced £10-48.50, are available via www.dirtydancingtour.com
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