Dancing With The Stars - The Tour Hits The Road This Winter!October 25, 2006 - LOS ANGELES - "Dancing with the Stars," ABC's #1 rated unscripted show is hitting the road and bringing its most popular team of stars and professional dancers from seasons 1-3 to 38 cities throughout the United States. The tour is scheduled to kick-off in San Diego on December 19th and will take its final bow in Atlantic City, on February 11th, 2007. Tickets will go on sale on November 4, 2006. Fans should visit ABC.com for complete on sale details.
Attracting an average audience of more than 19 million viewers, "Dancing With the Stars" currently ranks among the Top 5 most-watched shows on all of television, also qualifying as the TV's No. 1 unscripted program.
The all-star team hitting the road includes Season One's Joey McIntyre partnering with Season Three's Kym Johnson, Season Two winners Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke, Lisa Rinna & Louis Van Amstel, Season Three's Joey Lawrence & Edyta Sliwinska, Willa Ford & Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Harry Hamlin pairing with Karina Smirnoff.
"Dancing with the Stars - The Tour" is sponsored by Slim-fast and produced by BBC Worldwide, AEG LIVE and Front Line Management Group. The two hour show will feature a larger-than-life recreation of the TV show's actual stage with an intimate nightclub style table seating on the floor allowing fans unparalleled sightlines and access to all of the action. As with the network show there will be a live orchestra to accompany the dances with popular modern day songs that have become a much loved aspect of the program.
"The tour gives us an unprecedented opportunity to evolve the Dancing brand," commented Paul Telegdy, SVP of BBC Worldwide Programming & Production. "As the current number one network show it is evident that our next step should be to take Dancing on the road and we're delighted that Slim-fast is joining us on this journey. The production qualities of the television show are undoubtedly a key component to its success and we are confident that our partnership with AEG Live, will ensure The Tour will mirror this high standard that the public rightly associate with the brand."
"Dancing with the Stars - The Tour" will be choreographed by Louis Van Amstel with Carrie Ann Inaba serving as the show's creative director. The live show will feature celebrity group and solo dances along with sets from the professional dancers. In addition, the show will feature two huge video screens to the left and right of the stage that will feature never-before-scene rehearsal footage and exclusive behind the scenes interviews and outtakes as well as many surprise extras.
"In partnering with BBC Worldwide and Front Line Management Group, Dancing With The Stars - The Tour will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting and unique shows on the road this year," remarked Debra Rathwell, SVP, AEG LIVE. "We're confident that audiences of all ages will enjoy the tour's outstanding combination of incredible talent and state-of-the-art production."