Thursday, June 01, 2006

Swayze Lands London's Detroit Role

Swayze Lands London's Detroit Role

With all of London's recent buzz about its impending stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing, one could easily have assumed that when published reports this afternoon on Broadway.com announced that film actor Patrick Swayze would be making his West End debut in July, that he'd naturally be heading to London's Aldwych Theatre where the musical is due to open in October. Instead, Swayze is slated to take on the role of Nathan Detroit in the celebrated Olivier Award-winning production of Guys And Dolls.

The 54-year old actor has been on Broadway three times during his career. He first appeared more than 30 years ago in the first incarnation of Grease, serving as a replacement in the role of Danny Zuko. Then, just over two years ago, he became another in a long line of Chicago's notorious Billy Flynns. One can only hope that he'll have the time of his life as Neil Morrissey's replacement (Douglas Hodge originated this West End production's role). No doubt, his appearance on the London stage will only further serve to whet the appetites of Dirty Dancing's legions of fans.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for Guys And Dolls tickets.
Click here for Dirty Dancing tickets.
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London's Guys And Dolls 1st Anniversary Ticket Offer (May 27, 2006)
SOB’s Best of 2005-06: #2 – Guys And Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre, London, UK) (May 26, 2006)
Guys and Dolls Imported to Broadway from London? (May 15, 2006)

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