Nobody Puts Adelaide In The Corner As 'Dirty Dancing' Comes To Adelaide

Nobody Puts Adelaide In The Corner As ‘Dirty Dancing’ Comes To Adelaide

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost’s new production of the iconic musical ‘Dirty Dancing’ will be heading to Adelaide in October for a limited season.



Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost’s new production of the iconic musical Dirty Dancing will be heading to

Kurt Phelan & Kirby Burgess in "Dirty Dancing" Photo credit: Jeff Busby
Kurt Phelan & Kirby Burgess in “Dirty Dancing”
Photo credit: Jeff Busby

Adelaide in October for a limited season. Ten years after its world premiere in Sydney, the worldwide hit show returned to Australia in 2014 with seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and currently entertaining audiences at Perth’s Crown Theatre, before arriving at Adelaide’s Festival Theatre from 2 October. With an exciting cast and high energy performances this is a ‘feel good’ phenomenon that captures all the amazing moments from the ’87 cult classic movie.

Two extraordinary young talents have made the leap from chorus to leading roles as the main iconic characters in Dirty Dancing. The role of charismatic dance teacher Johnny Castle is played by Kurt Phelan while the role of innocent Frances “Baby” Houseman is played by Kirby Burgess. A NIDA graduate, Phelan is an actor, choreographer and writer. His musical theatre credits include Singin’ in the Rain, Saturday Night Fever and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Burgess has been seen on stage in Sweet Charity, Hairspray, High School Musical – Live on Stage and on television in Wonderland.


Photo credit: Kurt Sneddon
Photo credit: Kurt Sneddon

I’m thrilled to bring this wonderful new production of Dirty Dancing to Adelaide for the first time ever,” said John Frost. “The stage musical gives audiences the chance to hear the songs from the hit film performed live and to experience the breathtaking dance routines. People have flocked to it, breaking records all around the world. Now, ten years after the World Premiere in Sydney, it has returned home to Australia where the magic began with a sensational new cast, and audiences can again have the Time Of Their Lives.”

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year old “Baby” Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains 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 when an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, 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.

DD_268_jimleepix-288x288Featuring 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.

Watch out for Glam’s interview with Penny Martin (who plays Mrs Houseman) in the upcoming weeks

Venue: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

Season: From 2 October

Performance Times: Wed-Sat 8pm, matinees Wed at 1pm and Sat at 2pm, Sunday 1pm and 6pm

Price: Tickets from $59.90*

Bookings: or 131 246 or            Groups 8+ save 08 8205 2220

*An additional transaction fee and/or a credit/debit payment processing fee may apply


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