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‘Dirty Dancing’ headed to Chicago

Musical a hit in Australia, N.Z., Germany

Nobody puts Baby in a corner, but they can put her on tour.

The wildly successful legit adaptation of 1987 pic “Dirty Dancing” arrives in the U.S. with a stint in Chicago set for September 2008.

“Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage” did boffo biz in Australia, where it originated, as well as in New Zealand and Germany. A London production is selling like hotcakes, and advance sales for a Toronto production opening in November also are strong.

In Chi, “Dirty Dancing” will be part of the Broadway in Chicago series. Dates, engagement length and other cities on the tour have not yet been nailed down. A future Broadway run also has been widely speculated.

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