Curtain Call: Dirty Dancing coming to Palace

Dirty Dancing will take the stage at Waterbury’s Palace Theatre in October, with Christopher Tierney as Johnny Castle.

Dirty Dancing will take the stage at Waterbury’s Palace Theatre in October, with Christopher Tierney as Johnny Castle.

Excitement is already growing about the Waterbury Palace’s upcoming production of Dirty Dancing. Some of this is due to the fact that some of the original creative team is returning to the show for the North American tour, which makes its way to the Palace on Oct. 7 and plays for four performances through Oct. 9. It’s the film’s 30th anniversary, which seems impossible to believe, nonetheless, the time is right and so is the amazing cast.

For starters, Christopher Tierney, who originally played the male lead as Johnny Castle in Toronto will take on the role for Waterbury. Most theatergoers will recognize Tierney’s name, since he made headlines when he fell during a preview of the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark production. According to an ABC News report, Tierney was the stunt man who “broke three vertebrae, four ribs, and fractured his elbow and skull because his harness was not properly secured. He fell 30 feet right in front of a live audience. Happily, Tierney is not flying in this production, though he is light on his feet as he dances to the story that made the late Patrick Swayze a film star. The film is different from the play production and features 20 new original scenes and 36 numbers played by a live band onstage. Since Tierney has quite a background in dance including his work with the Houston Ballet, audiences are in for quite a treat.

Bronwyn Reed will take on the role of Frances “Baby” Houseman. She and Tierney head a 26 member cast. For those who have not seen the movie, the story takes place in the Catskill Mountains at a family resort. The younger daughter in the family falls for a sexy dance instructor. The results are seen in passionate dance numbers.

Tickets are  $74/$69/$54 and on sale and can be purchased online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St.

New plays

Almost all of our area theaters have readings of new plays. Some of them are staged readings, which mean that there might be some costumes or some props, but it is not fully staged by any means.

Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven is presenting three new works on Sept. 9 and 10. They are staged readings. The first presentation is Miller, Mississippi. It is a Southern gothic tale of a family’s descent into ruin. The second reading is The Last Tiger in Haiti about children living in servitude and dreaming of freedom. The third work is Dance Nation about an army of competitive pre-teen dancers who want to take over the world.

Tickets: suggested donation of $5 per reading. Reserve tickets online or at the box office:203-787-4282.

 

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