Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost today announced cast members for the new Australian production of Dirty Dancing, which will play at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 27 May.
Two extraordinary young talents will make the leap from chorus to leading roles as the two iconic characters in this much loved musical production. The role of charismatic dance teacher Johnny Castle will be played by Kurt Phelan while the role of innocent young “Baby” Houseman will be played by Kirby Burgess. A NIDA graduate, Phelan is an actor, choreographer and writer.
His musical theatre credits include Singin’ in the Rain, Witches of Eastwick, Saturday Night Fever and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Burgess has been seen on stage in Sweet Charity, An Officer and A Gentleman, Hairspray, High School Musical – Live on Stage and currently in LOVEBiTES, and on television in Wonderland.
Already announced is young classical music singer Mark Vincent in his musical theatre debut as Billy Kostecki, Johnny’s cousin. Baby’s father Jake will be played by Adam Murphy, and her older sister Lisa will be Teagan Wouters.
Hotel owner Max Kellerman will be Mike Bishop and Neil Kellerman will be Gabriel Brown making his professional debut. In the role of Mr Schumacher is Barry Mitchell and Tito Suarez will be portrayed by Eric Rasmussen. The ensemble will include Erinn Arnel, Kyla Bartholomeusz, Charles Bartley, Aaron James Campbell, Amy Campbell, Anna Freeland, Kim Hudman, Elysha Manik, Sam Marks, James Maxfield, Chris Ostrenski, Hannah Stanton and Mitchell Woodcock.
“We have assembled an exceptional cast for this 10th Anniversary production of Dirty Dancing,” said John Frost. “The local and overseas creative teams were very impressed with the talent during the audition process, and our Australian cast is second to none. I’m thrilled to give Kirby and Kurt their first lead roles in a musical – they are certainly musical theatre stars of the future.
“Dirty Dancing is a wonderful Australian success story.
The stage musical gave audiences the chance to hear the songs from the hit film performed live and to experience the breathtaking dance routines. People flocked to it, breaking records all around the world."
Featuring hit songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the iconic (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, Dirty Dancing has become one of the most popular musical productions of all time. The new production will play at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 27 May.