DIRTY DANCING & ANNIE to be Featured on Lifetime's THE BALANCING ACT

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DIRTY DANCING & ANNIE to be Featured on Lifetime's THE BALANCING ACT Broadway Across America has announced that Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage and Annie will be featured on Lifetime Television's award-winning morning show "The Balancing Act" as part of the six part series "Broadway Balances America."

The Annie "Broadway Balances America" segment will air on "The Balancing Act" on Tuesday, August 12, and Tuesday, August 19. The Dirty Dancing "Broadway Balances America" segment will air on "The Balancing Act" on Tuesday, September 9, and Tuesday, September 16.

"Broadway Balances America" will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with Annie and Dirty Dancing's casts, creatives and crews, even experiencing what it's like to dance in their shoes.

Host Olga Villaverde had the time of her life when she traveled to Orlando and danced with "Johnny Castle," the star of Dirty Dancing. She even learned the iconic leap that stole people's hearts in the original movie classic. Balancing Act correspondent Amber Milt hit the boards on Broadway for a unique look at Motown The Musical, Disney's Newsies, Annie and Pippin.

Amber Milt goes backstage for a "Supreme" transformation at Motown The Musical, which tells the behind-the-hits story of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the launch of legendary girl group The Supremes, The Jackson Five and more. Disney's Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical, tells the true and captivating story of the 1899 newsboys' strike and a band of underdogs who fight for what's right while staying true to themselves. The segment focuses on Disney's new national campaign, the "Get Up and Go!" program, which promotes fun ways for kids to lead more active and healthier lifestyles through Newsies' Tony Award winning choreography and music. The Annie segment puts a spotlight on young kids (and their parents) going through the audition process to show what it takes to play one of Broadway's most cherished roles in the iconic musical about everyone's favorite orphan. Pippin takes us into a captivating world of aerial acrobatics and temptation in this brand new Tony Award winning production in which a young prince must decide whether he should risk it all in a blaze of glory or choose a simpler path as he searches for the meaning of life.

"We are really excited to partner with Broadway Across America so together we can take our viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows now touring all across the country and meet some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life. Also, with 'the Arts' being taken out of so many school curriculums it's great that Broadway Classroom provides students an opportunity to connect with the art community. We're thrilled that Broadway Across America shares our passion for helping empower adults and kids alike and to instill and cultivate an appreciation for the Arts," said Dr. Thomas C. Deters, President and CEO, O2 Media, producers of The Balancing Act.

"Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form. We thank our network of local theater partners nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country," said Lauren Reid, CEO Theater Division, Broadway Across America.

The final segment takes viewers into Broadway Classroom where students are introduced to all elements of the Broadway industry in collaboration with performers and industry professionals. Classes range from Broadway 101, an introduction to Broadway, to Musical Theatre Song and Movement, a master class where students learn the music, choreography and staging from a current Broadway musical.

To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit: www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com

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