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Have The Time of Your Life At Sage Gateshead

Posted on 27 November 2018

Media Interviews Available with Dirty Dancing’s three lead cast members Kira Malou (Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman), Michael O’Reiily (Johnny Castle), Simone Covele (Penny Johnson) and producer, Karl Sydow

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage: 19 -25 January 2019

Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensational dancing, the classic story of Dirty Dancing is hitting the road again by popular demand, including a week-long run at Sage Gateshead from 19 -25 January 2019.

Featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart-stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, this smash hit 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.

This new tour follows the 2016/17 tour, which played to sold out audiences over a 12-month period and took over £13 million in ticket sales, 3 blockbuster West End runs, multiple sell out UK tours and numerous international productions.

Michael O’Reiily who plays Johnny Castle is excited to make his debut as Johnny: “Once you get over the fact that it’s quite a daunting role to take on because it’s so well-known, it’s just really exciting. Everyone is so familiar with the show and they’re so familiar with the characters that you’re just excited to do it justice, you’re ready to put in the work and bring it to life.”

Kira Malou who Plays Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman added to the excitement of taking the show on tour: “I love connecting with different audiences in different venues. We get excited moving around the country so we’re buzzing on stage and the audience feeds off that.”

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage originally opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006 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 triumphant 5-year run.

See Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage at Sage Gateshead from Saturday 19 to Friday 25 January 2019. Tickets are available from www.sagegateshead.com or by calling Sage Gateshead on 0191 443 4661.

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For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Gaynor Ellis, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E. gaynor.ellis@sagegateshead.com T. 0191 443 4690

Emily Taylor, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E. emily.taylor@sagegateshead.com T. 0191 443 4617 M. 07793 762 879

Notes to editors:

Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North.

Every year it welcomes more than two million visitors. More than 400 concerts featuring all kinds of local, regional and international music, take place all year round. Music-making and learning activity takes place not only in the building but across the region, with 190,000 people of all ages taking part in over 10,000 music classes and workshops.

The iconic building, designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners, is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia and is a place where emerging artists are nurtured through dedicated programmes and festivals.

As a charity, the support it receives helps to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.

www.sagegateshead.com