Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dirty Dancing at Marina Bay Sands from May 28 2013

In a press release on January 3rd 2013, Marina Bay Sands announced that the Singapore Premiere of DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE written by Eleanor Bergstein, the script writer and co-producer of the phenomenally successful movie Dirty Dancing, will be in the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands from 28th May, 2013.

Tickets are priced from SGD$55 and on sale now. Premium tickets are priced at $175. Performance times are Tuesday to Friday evenings at 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash-hit musical tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.  The show features a string of  hit songs performed by a rocking live band, including “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and the heart- stopping “Time Of My Life.”

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a re-imagining of the film, and has been adapted for the stage by the same woman who brought it to the big screen in 1987, Eleanor Bergstein.

It's the Summer of 1963, and 17 year old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday at a resort called Kellerman’s with her older sister and parents, 'Baby' shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing.  She discovers an underworld of young men and women who spend all their free time dancing.  She is mesmerised by the dance moves and the pounding rhythms and 'Baby' can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. 'Baby's' life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny's leading lady, both on-stage and off, with breathtaking consequences.

Writer and Creator, Eleanor Bergstein said: “I started writing the movie with the sixties music already in mind.  I picked each song and wrote the lines of dialogue against lines of lyric and melody.  It was the time of one’s life when one couldn’t separate a conversation from the music playing on the radio.  When you couldn’t separate the lyrics of the song from the words you were saying, or the beat of the music from the beat of your heart.”

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage broke records in the UK and Germany for having the highest advance ticket sales in history. Before it even opened in London, the show had sold-out for the first six months of its run. The show was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia on 18 November 2004. Following this, the production went on a national tour of Australia and New Zealand, visiting Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. In total, the show had a sell-out season of 18 months throughout 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 continues to play to sold-out houses and recently sold its 1 millionth ticket.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has gone on to perform across the world in Toronto, Canada; Utrecht, Holland; and a North American Tour including Chicago, Boston and LA. DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is also the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre, London. To date, over 500,000 TICKETS have been purchased in the UK, totalling box office sales in excess of £25 MILLION.  Current productions worldwide include the first ever national tour of the UK and Ireland, where it has broken box office records in several UK cities so far, including Glasgow and Aberdeen with an advance of over £22million, and most recently Stockholm, Sweden, which opened on 14th February 2012.

Featuring a cast of 26 who sing a score of 49 songs played by a live orchestra, performing 73 scene changes, which are  lit by 200 moving lights, and 21 costume changes for Baby alone, DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a true spectacular you will not want to miss.

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