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Dirty Dancing Announces Principle Cast

by: Theatre in Chicago

Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On StageThe U.S touring production of the international hit Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has announced principal casting for the upcoming pre-Broadway U.S. premiere.  Josef Brown will re-create the role of Johnny Castle direct from the London production and Amanda Leigh Cobb will play Frances “Baby” Houseman.  Chicago’s own Britta Lazenga – member of the Joffrey Ballet – will return home direct from the Toronto production in the role of Penny Johnson.

The National Tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will host its pre-Broadway U.S. premiere in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) for a limited engagement from September 28 through December 7, 2008.

Josef Brown comes to the National touring company direct from the London and Australian productions of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage starring in the role of Johnny Castle.

Britta Lazenga is a Chicago-based dancer and member of the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet.  Lazenga says about her casting in the U.S. premiere, “It fills me with great joy and tremendous honor to be returning home to perform in the American premiere of Dirty Dancing

Amanda Leigh Cobb recently performed on Broadway in The Country Girl and The Coast of Utopia and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.  Her other credits include the Yale Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare and the Williamstown Theater Festival. 

The rest of the casting for the U.S. premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will be announced at a future date.

Proclaimed “The biggest live theatre sensation of all time” by The Observer newspaper in London, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage also received four stars from The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Time Out London.

Individual tickets ranging in price from $35 – $95 are currently on-sale.  A limited number of premium tickets are available to all performances and range in price from $125 – $150.  Tickets are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at 312-902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or online at

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