From left: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff and Carrie Ann Inaba
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, move over. Carrie Ann Inaba is now joining the ranks of Broadway producer, too.
The Dancing with the Stars
judge has signed on as a name above the title of the Latin and ballroom dance spectacular Burn the Floor
, which for the first three weeks of its 12-week run will guest star DWTS
's Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff in their Broadway debuts.
"I'm thrilled to get my feet wet on Broadway with this wonderful production," Inaba said in a statement Monday. "I've been a fan of Burn the Floor
since its inception, and I am honored to be a part of the creative team that is bringing this wonderful show to Broadway."
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, former World Champion Latin and Ballroom dancer and guest choreographer on the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance
, Burn the Floor
was created as a special performance at Sir Elton John's 50th birthday in 1997. The stage version made its world premiere in the U.K. in 1999.
Broadway previews begin at the Longacre Theatre this Saturday in anticipation of an Aug. 2 opening.
– Stephen M. Silverman