Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas to Open April 14 at Tropicana Las Vegas
Fresh off of its Season 14 launch, Dancing with the Stars, ABC's leading entertainment show, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, is bringing a production exclusively to the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The live show, directed by Amy Tinkham and choreographed by Australian sensation Jason Gilkison, kicks off a 12-week run beginning Saturday, April 14.
Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas is an 80-minute live entertainment show that brings the excitement of the ABC smash hit series Dancing with the Stars to life. Set at the all New Tropicana Las Vegas, Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas transports the stars of the show to the stage for a night of sexy, stunning and surprising performances. The Tropicana Theater will transform into the Dancing with the Stars ballroom, showcasing fan-favorite dances from past seasons along with new and thrilling routines. Some of the Dancing with the Stars alums will be featured in the opening run, including Carson Kressley, Joey Fatone, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Tia Carrere, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer. Attendees will also be introduced to the one-and-only "Las Vegas Troupe."
Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas will perform eight shows per week. Show times are:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8 p.m.
- Fridays: 9 p.m.
- Saturdays and Sundays: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Tuesdays: Dark
Tickets are on sale NOW and range from $40 - $89 plus tax and applicable fees. VIP packages are also available for $165 and include a top-price table seat on the floor, exclusive Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas merchandise and a post-show meet and greet and photo opportunity with the cast. Tickets and hotel/dining packages can be purchased online at www.troplv.com or by calling 1-800-829-9034. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or in person at the New Tropicana Las Vegas Box Office.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays, 8:00 p.m. (ET) and Tuesdays, 9:00 p.m. (ET) on ABC.
Star and Professional Dancer Bios:
Carson Kressley - Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer Carson Kressley is currently starring in "Carson-Nation," a one-hour reality show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN, in which he travels to small towns throughout the U.S., transforming lives one person at a time. Previously, Kressley helmed Lifetime's critically-acclaimed "How to Look Good Naked," and earned a primetime Emmy for his role on Bravo's breakout hit series, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." He hosted ABC's "True Beauty" from executive producers Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, the WB series "Crowned," as well as "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" on OWN. He was a frequent style contributor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Kressley co-starred in Universal's "The Perfect Man" and opposite John Goodman in NBC's "The Year Without a Santa Claus." Host of the 2008 True Colors tour with Cyndi Lauper and the B52's, which raised awareness and promoted equality for the LGBT community, Kressley is also a New York Times best-selling author with three books to his credit, including the children's book You're Different and That's Super, a children's book promoting diversity and tolerance. A strong supporter of many philanthropic causes, he has worked with The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, The Empire State Pride Agenda, LIGALY, GLSEN, AIDS WALK, and the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation. Kressley is the founder of Manhattan's Ali Forney Center's "Styled For Success" program, which provides career wardrobes for formerly homeless youth, and was the founding donor of the first scholarship program for LGBT youth in his hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania. When he is not working, he can be found on one of his American Saddlebred show horses, with which he has achieved World Champion status.
Joey Fatone - Former *NSYNC star and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant, Joey Fatone has embarked on numerous paths entertaining the masses. Born Joseph Anthony Fatone Jr., Fatone grew up in a family of performers. His father, Joe Sr., sang in the Brooklyn doo-wop group, the Orions. Fatone landed his first acting gig at age seven where he starred with Robert DeNiro in the feature film "Once Upon a Time in America." Fatone is the host of "My Family Recipe Rocks!" (The Live Well Network) where he taps into his love for cooking as he searches for America's best family recipe. Most recently, Fatone has been seen hosting "Price is Right Live" in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, "Let's Make a Deal" for Caesars Entertainment and voicing the widely successful re-launch of "Family Feud" with StEve Harvey. Fatone was also the host of NBC's cirque competition "Celebrity Circus" and "The Singing Bee" for both U.S and Australian versions. Additionally, he produced "The Singing Office" for TLC, co-hosting alongside Melanie Brown. Fatone's film credits include "Inkubus", "The Cooler", "Homie Spumoni" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which became the fifth-highest grossing film of 2002 in North America. He has recorded a number of character voices on hit Disney Channel shows such as "Jo Jo's Circus" and "Higgly Town Heroes" and "Hannah Montana." In 2004, Fatone starred as Seymour in the Broadway musical "Little Shop of Horrors." His other Broadway credits include the role of Mark Cohen in the hit Broadway musical "Rent." As part of *NSYNC, the album "No Strings Attached" released in 1999 sold 1 million copies in its first day of sales and 2.4 million for the first week (a record that still stands today). The 1998 *NSYNC self-titled debut album sold over 10 million copies and "Home for Christmas" went multi-platinum. Fatone and his wife, Kelly, currently reside in Orlando with their daughters, Briahna and Kloey.
Kyle Massey – Although only 20 years old, Massey is already an industry veteran. A near champion on Season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars", Kyle finished second with his partner Lacey Schwimmer. Massey is most known for his acting role as Cory Baxter on the Disney Channel's #1 hit sitcom, "Cory in the House". He originated the role of Cory on Disney's "That's So Raven", which produced 100 episodes, the first in Disney's history. "Cory in the House" is the Disney Channel's first-ever spin-off and made history as their top-rated original series premiere of all time with 7.6 million viewers. Kyle's acting credits also include a leading role in the Disney Channel's Original Movie, "Life is Ruff" which premiered #1 in its time slot on basic cable in July, 2005 as well as a recurring role on the animated TV series "American Dragon: Jake Long" and most recently as Milo, the very high energy, fun loving fish on the Disney Channel's hit animated TV series "Fish Hooks". For his work on "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House," Massey received an NAACP Image Award nomination. The Georgia native counts among his other talents, snowboarding, riding his motorcycle and golfing. For his prowess in the latter sport, the youngster won first place in the National Minority Junior Golf Tournament in 2003. Massey has participated in several golf tournaments, including those hosted by baseball legend Hank Aaron, San Francisco Giants player Marquis Grissom, the Los Angeles Police Department, StEve Harvey and more recently the White House Golf Tournament, where he placed 3rd. In addition to writing and producing his own music, Kyle also sings the main title theme songs on "Cory in the House", "Yin! Yang! Yo!" and performed the title track for Walt Disney Picture's "Underdog." Kyle currently splits his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles, with his parents and older brother Christopher, who is also an actor on Nickelodeons' "Zoey 101." Kyle and his brother Christopher made TV History when both "That's So Raven" and "Zoey 101" were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Programming in 2005, the first for siblings in the same year. Kyle is also passionate about helping the community and he lends his time to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, where he just recently returned from South Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius where he helped to fit kids with hearing aids.
Sabrina Bryan – Sabrina Bryan was a member of the multi-platinum recording act, The Cheetah Girls, as well as a star of the Disney Channel movie of the same name as "Dorinda". "The Cheetah Girls" movie debuted in August of 2003, breaking the ratings record as the most successful Disney Channel movie in history and selling two million units of the soundtrack. She continued to reprise her role in "The Cheetah Girls 2: When in Spain", in August of 2006 and with The Cheetah Girls 3, set in India in 2008. As a recording group with Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams, The Cheetah Girls had one of the top ten most successful tours of 2006, selling out 87 dates and becoming one of the top 5 merchandise selling acts in history. Their first album as a recording group was "Cheetahlicious Christmas" which was released at the end of 2005. The Cheetah Girls have also been featured on the Chicken Little soundtrack with their rendition of "Shake a Tailfeather" and on various Disneymania compilations, many of which have been certified Gold. One of Bryan's solo projects is the fitness-dance DVD called BYOU, in which Bryan was the star and co-producer. BYOU was released in early 2006 and has gone double-platinum. Bryan takes her commitment towards fit and healthy kids very seriously and she is the National Spokesperson for 'Healthy Kids Challenge', a leading school-based non-profit organization which promotes healthy eating and lifestyle to school-aged children all over the United States. Bryan is currently developing film, television, internet and book properties to star in and produce. Her endeavors include co-writing the book Princess of Gossip with top Young Adult author Julia DeVillers for Pocket/MTV Books, a recurring role on the new Disney Channel animated series "Fish Hooks" as the voice of "Pamela Hamster", and she hosted three seasons of ABC.com's web series, "Backstage with the Stars", covering behind-the-scenes of "Dancing with the Stars."
Tia Carrere - Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tia Carrere is an accomplished actress in motion pictures and television as well as a Grammy award-winning musical artist. Since she was discovered in a grocery store for her first movie role in "Aloha Summer", she has shown her range of acting talent and versatility by starring in numerous blockbusters; among them, "Wayne's World 1 & 2" with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, "True Lies" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Rising Sun" with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. Carrere also voiced the character of Nani in Disney's classic animated film and TV series "Lilo & Stitch." Most recently, Carrere co-starred in "You May Not Kiss the Bride" alongside Rob Schneider and Mena Suvari. She can also be seen in "Wild Cherry" with Rumer Willis and Kristin Cavallari and "Hardbreakers" with Tom Arnold, Chris Kattan, and Sophie Monk. Currently, Carrere is producing a biopic of Hawaiian surf legend Rell Sunn in which she will star. In television, Carrere launched her acting career in Los Angeles with a regular role on the daytime drama "General Hospital." Since then she has been seen in numerous TV programs. Recently Carrere has had a recurring role on "Curb your Enthusiasm", "Nip/Tuck", and "Back to You." She has just been made a recurring character on SyFy network's "Warehouse 13". And "Relic Hunter," her action/adventure television series continues to play in syndication all over the world. Carrere and her long-time friend, artist/producer Daniel Ho have been nominated for a Grammy each of the last three years and won music's highest honor in 2009. The acclaimed CD's consist of all original Hawaiian language compositions. With 'Hawaiiana', they reached #10 on Billboard's World Music Chart. Prior to this, Carrere performed on the double-platinum movie soundtrack for "Wayne's World", had the end title song on "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" as well as releasing her own Warner Bros. record "Dream." Carrere continues to seek out projects that showcase her talents and challenge her abilities.
Dmitry Chaplin - Chaplin has performed as one of the star professionals on "Dancing with the Stars", received an EMMY nomination for his choreography of an Argentine Tango on "So You Think You Can Dance" and is one of America's favorite dancers. Chaplin's ballroom dancing career began at the age of 12 in his hometown of Rostov-on-Don in Russia. He moved to the United States in 1999, where, after studying both in America and the United Kingdom, he began representing the United States at many world famous ballroom competitions. Chaplin won many of those competitions, became a national finalist in 2006, and ultimately a semi-finalist and finalist in various international competitions around the world. In 2006, Chaplin's dance career took a different course, when he won a spot on the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" and became one of America's Top 10 dancers. As a result of his popularity on "So You Think You Can Dance", Chaplin frequented as a guest performer on "American Idol" and was invited as a 'special guest' to dance with Gloria Estefan on the phenomenal and EMMY winning episode "Idol Gives Back." Chaplin has also had special guest appearances on "The Ellen Degeneres Show", "Jimmy Kimmel Live", "Good Morning America", "Live with Regis and Kelly", "Larry King Live", KTLA News, "The View" and many more.
Lacey Schwimmer – Schwimmer hails from Southern California and emerges from a family of dancers. Her father, Buddy Schwimmer, choreographed the iconic film "American Graffiti", and her brother Benji won the second season of Fox's hit dance show "So You Think You Can Dance." By the age of 10, Schwimmer won her first of six World Swing dance titles. She also holds numerous US Swing dance titles as well as the title of Youth International Latin Champion. Schwimmer initially started working in Hollywood at the age of 17. Her first industry job included a co-choreographer credit as well as a dance credit for Christina Aguilera's "Candyman" music video. Soon after the release of the music video she guest starred in an episode of Disney's "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody." After many successes she went on to become a contestant in the third season of "So You Think You Can Dance", finishing in the final four. Not long after she completed a 50 city US tour with SYTYCD, Schwimmer received her spot on ABC's hit show "Dancing with the Stars." Schwimmer excels at her duties as a professional dancer and choreographer on "Dancing with the Stars" and often extends her talents to the Results Show choreographing and performing for countless guest music acts including Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Natasha Bedingfield, Santana, Daughtry, Whitney Houston, a Tribute to Michael Jackson, The Jonas Brothers, Kevin Rudolph, Train, The Brian Setzer Orchestra and many more. Outside of television Schwimmer most recently staged and choreographed "Michael Turco's: Magic and Mayhem" show in Las Vegas. Furthermore, she has been featured in two "Dancing with the Stars" fitness DVDs and just established an endorsement deal with Lady Foot Locker. Schwimmer also has profound interest in fashion and music. In the near future she will be releasing a brand new line of premium costumes and dancewear with internationally renowned dancewear supplier Discount Dance Supply. Schwimmer's music career includes the recent release of "Red Cup", a song she recorded with Universal Republic recording artists Cash-Cash. She has also released her own single "LoveSoundz" on iTunes which debuted to rave reviews and was featured on the It Boys! single and music video "Burning Up."
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