Nobody puts Baby in the corner. And who IS playing Baby in the new Australian production of Dirty Dancing? Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost today announced the lead cast members for the stage version of this much-loved classic.
Get ready and hold onto your hats as Frost announces which 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 bad boy that everybody loves, the charismatic dance teacher Johnny Castle, will be played by Kurt Phelan. With such huge shoes to fill, Phelan will have to step out from the shadows of Patrick Swayze, who embodied the movie role like he was born to do it. A NIDA graduate, Phelan is an actor, choreographer and writer and his musical theatre credits include Singin’ in the Rain, Witches of Eastwick, Saturday Night Fever and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
With equal importance, the role of innocent young Francis “Baby” Houseman will be played by Kirby Burgess. This talented newcomer 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.
These two leads join castmates including classical music singer Mark Vincent in his musical theatre debut as Billy Kostecki, Johnny’s cousin, Baby’s father Jake (played by Adam Murphy), Teagan Wouters (Lisa), Mike Bishop (Hotel owner Max Kellerman) and Neil Kellerman will be Gabriel Brown making his professional debut.
The stage production doesn’t arrive in Brisbane until May 2015 at the Lyric Theatre but if you are a die hard fan, you can see the show in Sydney this November.