SYTYCD's Mary Murphy Joins BURN THE FLOOR, 12/22; Show to Close January 10

SYTYCD's Mary Murphy Joins BURN THE FLOOR, 12/22; Show to Close January 10

The producers of BURN THE FLOOR announced today that Mary Murphy of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" will now perform in Broadway's sizzling dance show from December 22nd through January 10th, joining current stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kym Johnson of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on stage for the holidays. BURN THE FLOOR will now end its Broadway engagement on January 10th. The show had previously announced that its final performance would be on February 14th.

Speaking for the show, producer Harley Medcalf said, "On behalf of the entire BURN THE FLOOR family, we want to thank Broadway for an amazing run and generous critical and popular reception. We are thrilled and proud to have broken the Longacre Theatre's box office record and are pleased to announce that the World Tour begins late February 2010, including 30 U.S. cities."

Mary Murphy is best known for her enthusiastic and emotional judging style on "So You Think You Can Dance," gaining notoriety and earning fans as the "Queen of Scream." She is a US Ballroom Dance Champion and an Austrian National 10-dance and Ballroom Champion. In addition to owning Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, Mary is a partner in the "Chance to Dance" program in the San Diego area school district, helping provide dance classes to children unable to afford lessons. She will be partnered with Ballroom Champion Vaidas Skimelis.

BURN THE FLOOR currently stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kym Johnson. Kym was this season's professional champion on "Dancing with the Stars," paired with winner Donny Osmond. Maks has been a professional on the show since its second season.

Created, directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, BURN THE FLOOR is the electrifying Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular which opened this summer at Broadway's intimate Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). It is produced by Harley Medcalf, Joe Watson, Richard Levi, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Raise the Roof One, Toppall/Stevens/Mills, Benigno/Klein, Caldwell/Allen, Carrpailet/Danzansky, Bud Martin, The Production Studio, Schaffert/Schnuck, and Carrie Ann Inaba by special arrangement with Dance Partner Inc.

The cast of BURN THE FLOOR is composed of award-winning international dancers from around the globe and include Australian Ballroom and World Latin American champions. They collectively hold more than 100 dance titles. They are Henry Byalikov, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Kevin Clifton, Sasha Farber, Jeremy Garner, Karen Hauer, Patrick Helm, Sarah Hives, Melanie Hooper, Peta Murgatroyd, Giselle Peacock, Nuria Santalucia, Mirko Sciolan, Emma Slater, Sarah Soriano, Katarina Stumpfova, Damon & Rebecca Sugden, DamIan Whitewood, Robin Windsor, and Gary Wright. The dancers are supported by two vocalists, Ricky Rojas and Rebecca Tapia.

Critics and fans around the world have raved about BURN THE FLOOR: The NY Daily News called it "athletic, sensual and rocket-fueled." Bloomberg.com called it "utterly theatrical" and NY 1 News said BURN THE FLOOR is "hot, hot, hot. Pulse pounding choreography. A two hour adrenaline rush featuring some of the best and best-looking ballroom dancers in the world."

Playing Schedule: Tue at 7, Wed- Sat 8, Wed & Sat at 2, Sun at 3. Price Scale: $111.50, $89.50, $ 59.50. All prices include $1.50 facilities fee. Tickets are available at www.telecharge.com. For more information, visit www.burnthefloor.com or www.twitter.com/officialbtf.

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