Derek Hough Sitting Out Upcoming Season of Dancing With the Stars

Good and bad news for Derek Hough fans: The ballroom wonder will be dancing with stars this spring — just not on Dancing With the Stars.

Hough has been cast in a starring role opposite Laura Benanti (Nashville) in New York Spring Spectacular, a limited-run event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, starting March 7.

The timing of the Harvey Weinstein-produced show means Hough won’t compete in Season 20 of DWTS.

According to People.com, Hough’s new role is Jack, “a man with a special mission who will receive an eternal reward if he’s able to help a man named Bernie keep his position as a New York City tour guide. Bernie’s job is in jeopardy when Jenna (Benanti) reveals her plan to take the tour company ‘virtual.'”

Hough has won a record five Mirrorball Trophies in 14 seasons on ABC’s ballroom dancing competition — alongside Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler and Amber Riley. Most recently, he finished fourth with YouTube star Bethany Mota in the show’s fall 2014 cycle. He also appeared in a brief arc last fall on ABC’s Nashville.

Will you miss Derek in Season 20 — or do you feel like will his absence open up the playing field for a different pro to shine? Sound off in the comments!