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‘Dirty Dancing’ Takes to the Stage at The Pullo Center in August

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Tickets are on sale now for "Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage," coming to the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at Penn State York on Aug. 21 and 22.
6/27/2014 —

“Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage” will offer audiences, “the time of their life” at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at Penn State York on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $60, $45, and $30 and are on sale now at The Pullo Center Box Office, charge by phone at 717-505-8900, or online at http://pullocenter.yk.psu.edu. Penn State York students can purchases one ticket at the special prices of $23 or $15.

“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 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 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 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!”

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” 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 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. It is currently represented by a new UK tour, which launched March 2014 in Bristol.

The North American tour of “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage” is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC, Grove Entertainment in association with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and Magic Hour Productions.

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