Cheryl Burke of 'DWTS' to star in 'Forever Tango' at the Saban Theatre
Burke, a fan favorite, was the first dancer to take home two championships on the ABC series, winning the mirrorball trophy with singer Drew Lachey in Season 2 and pro football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith in Season 3. She was, however, unable to work her magic last year after being paired with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay -- they struggled along until injuries forced the sixtysomething Republican to withdraw.
"Forever Tango," which is directed by creator Luis Bravo, tells the history of the sensuous dance through musical numbers and vignettes. The show originated in San Francisco in 1994 and opened on Broadway three years later.
Burke has been practicing up for her stage gig. She and her current partner, former Laker Rick Fox, tangoed their way through last week's competition, which included a visit from the "Forever Tango" troupe.
The show at the Saban will run for four performances, Jan. 14-16.
-- Karen Wada
Photo: Cheryl Burke. Credit: Courtesy of "Forever Tango"