DWTS alum attend ‘West Side Story’ Pantages premiere

Do you love dancing? Of course, you do if you’ve been watching “Dancing with the Stars.” Wednesday, (1 December 2010) DWTS alums Cloris Leachman, Lisa Rinna and hubby Harry Hamlin, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Kym Johnson plus other celebrities will be attending opening night of “West Side Story” at the Pantages. Expect some great dancing in this musical that pitted the Jets against the Sharks.

TV host Rinna competed during season 2 with partner Louis van Amstel and finished 4th. 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke won that season with former NFL star Jerry Rice finishing second with Anna Trebunskaya. Hamlin competed during season 3 with Ashly DelGrosso and finished a dismal ninth out of 11. Former NFL star Emmitt Smith and Burke would win with Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff finishing second.

Broadway star Winokur was season 6 and danced with Tony Dovolani for a fourth place finish. Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas won that season.  Cloris Leachman was season 7 and paired with Corky Ballas for a seventh place finish (out of 13. Brooke Burke and Derek Hough won that season.

Kym Johnson has competed on “Dancing with the Stars” in Australia and the US version. Her partners included:

  • Season 3: Jerry Springer
  • Season 4: Joey Fatone (second)
  • Season 5: Mark Cuban
  • Season 6: Penn Jillette
  • Season 7: Warren Sapp (second)
  • Season 8: David Alan Grier
  • Season 9: Donny Osmond (won)
  • Season 10: David Hasselhoff

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director of Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely.  WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

Tickets are available at www.BroadwayLA.org or by calling 1-800-982-ARTS(2787), as well as at the Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) and all Ticketmaster Outlets.  Performances are Tue-Fri at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm and Sundays at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Visit website for special holiday performance schedule.

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on November 30, 2010, in Cloris Leachman, Dancing with the Stars (past seasons), Harry Hamlin, Kym Johnson, Lissa Rinna, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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