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Billy Dee Williams Joins ABC / Lionsgate “Dirty Dancing” Event

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Legendary icon Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars, Brian’s Song, Batman) has been cast in the role of ‘Tito,’ the charismatic, lively, long-time Band Leader for the early 1960’s Catskill Mountains resort.  Tito oversees and advises the resort’s musicians and entertainers, and must acquiesce to the changing times.

Williams is best known as ‘Lando Calrissian’ in Star Wars.  He also starred in Brian’s Song and Batman.  Williams most recently was featured in The Man From 3 B, and his voice has been heard in The Lego Movie, Star Wars Rebels, Robot Chicken and Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales.

Academy Award®-nominated actress, singer and author Abigail Breslin(“Freak Show,” “Scream Queens,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) stars as lead ‘Baby,’ an innocent young woman who vacations with her affluent parents at an early 1960’s Catskill Mountains resort and gets swept off her feet by a handsome, working-class dance instructor.

This new ABC network musical event will also star Emmy® Award-winning actress Debra Messing (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “Smash,” “Will & Grace”) as ‘Marjorie Houseman,’ Houseman’s wife and mother of Baby (Abigail Breslin) and Lisa. She is a meticulous 1960’s housewife who takes great pride in her family and is using this summer vacation to try and rekindle her romance with her workaholic husband.

Grammy®-nominated singer/actress/dancer Nicole Scherzinger (Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris) has been cast as ‘Penny,’ Johnny’s dance partner and part of the working-class entertainment staff at an early 1960’s Catskill Mountains resort.  She and Johnny enlist Baby’s help and teach her to dance.

Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) will play ‘Lisa Houseman,’ Baby’s older, extroverted sister who spends summer vacation with her affluent family at an early 1960’s Catskill Mountains resort and falls for ‘Robbie,’ a womanizing waiter.

Singer/dancer/actor/bodybuilder Colt Prattes (“P!nk’s music video “Try” and her The Truth About Love Tour, “Rock of Ages”) will be showing Baby (Abigail Breslin) the time of her life as romantic lead ‘Johnny,’ a charismatic, skilled dance instructor and leader of the working-class entertainment staff at an early 1960’s Catskill Mountains resort. Prattes gained national attention alongside P!nk in the music video for her hit “Try” and subsequent performances at the 2014 Grammy Awards and American Music Awards.

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