RED BANK: STAR-POWERED STEPPING

DWTS 16A cast of terpsichorean talents takes to the Basie boards for two Wednesday shows, as ‘Dancing With the Stars Live!’ rolls into town.

One can easily make the case that they’re the real stars of ABC TV’s Dancing with the Stars: the dedicated choreographers, instructors and professional performers charged with the task of making the C-list celebrity likes of Rumer Willis and Bindi Irwin (and Bristol Palin, Tom DeLay, Tucker Carlson, Jerry Springer…) dazzle like Ginger and Fred.

With more than 20 seasons and 300-plus episodes in the books, the prime-time phenom has seen its share of drops, drama, and drastic injury-related substitutions. But when the touring production known as Dancing With the Stars Live! takes to the boards of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre for two shows this Wednesday, the franchise will reside in the hands and light-fantastic feet of the folks who lend poetry to its motion.

Featured on the current Dance All Night Tour are such series standouts as Valentin Chmerkovskiy (who tied a previous record of six perfect scores in season 20), Peta Murgatroyd (half of season 14’s first-place team) and Sharna Burgess, plus special guest star Alek Skarlatos (yeah, that Alek Skarlatos).

Take it here for tickets ($45 – $95) to either show (at 4 and 8 pm) — as well as for information on a slew of premium packages that include a VIP Meet and Mingle ($249), a Premium VIP Meet and Mingle ($349), and of course the Front Row Ultimate VIP Meet and Mingle ($499).