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November 2, 2017

If you're going to adapt a classic to the theater, you've got to deliver - and they did!

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Why See Dirty Dancing?

You'll Have the Time of Your Life!

The 1987 movie is an untouchable musical classic, and has sealed Patrick Swayze's place in the cult movie canon. A massive box office success at the time, it has spawned numerous imitators, a sequel and "nobody puts Baby in the corner" branded merchandise for toddlers. The stage version made its debut in 2004 in Australia, before opening to millions of pounds worth of advance sales in London's West End in 2011. Yes, the power of the Swayze was still strong.

Adapted by the movie's original scribe Eleanor Bergstein, this North American touring production hews closely to the plot of the film, packing in all its anthemic songs ('I Had the Time of My Life', 'Hungry Eyes') and cheesy one-liners with aplomb. It delivers everything the audiences can hope for - lots of sexy dancing and rock 'n' roll. Taking on the unenviable task of replicating Swayze's charm (and hunky good looks) on this tour is Christopher Tierney (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), while Rachel Boone is the Baby to his Johnny.

What is Dirty Dancing About?

17 year old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is on holiday with her family in the Catskill Mountains in the summer of 1963, and bored out of her mind. That is until she encounters charismatic Johnny Castle, who teaches dance at the resort. When Johnny takes her back to the staff's after-hours secret party, she discovers a vibrant underworld of 'dirty dancing'. This rock 'n' roll music is totally at odds with the kind of music that Baby has so far experienced and certainly wouldn't meet with approval from her conservative parents. It's exciting and fresh, and she begins to fall for Johnny.

When Johnny's regular dance partner Penny has to pull out of the annual Sheldrake Dance competition, Baby steps in to help. The two embark on an intense period of practise to master the routine, during which the romance between the pair blossoms. However, it seems their relationship is not to be as Baby's father discovers their love affair and orders an immediate end to it. But Baby and Johnny must find a way...

Did You Know?

While a remake of the original 1987 movie is still lingering in development hell, there was a belated sequel - Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. It was a critical and commercial flop but did contain a cameo from Patrick Swayze, for which he was paid a whopping $5 million!

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Performance date: 2 November 2017

Audience

Suitable for ages 10+ Contains mature themes - parental discretion advised

Run time

Two hours 25 minutes with intermission

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Dirty Dancing Tour by Mark J. Franklin Used under Creative Commons License

Cast and Creative

Cast

Patrick Craven as Johnny Castle 
Kaleigh Courts as Francis "Baby" Houseman
Anais Black as Penny Johnson 
Erica Lee Cianciulli as Marjorie Houseman
Nickolaus Colon as Billy Kostecki/Singer 
Ryan Cupello as Robbie Gould
Buddy Daniels Friedman as Mr. Schumacher 
Rick Grossman as Max Kellerman
Demitra Pace as Lisa Houseman
Owen Russel as Neil Kellerman 
Christopher Robert Smith as Dr. Jake Houseman 
Ramond Thomas as Tito Suarez 

Ensemble
Alex Caldwell, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Amanda Clement, J'royce Jata, Hunter Mikles, Honza Pelichovksy, Erica Philpot, Joshua Clifton Powell, Hannah Straney, Jay Stuart, Kesley Walsh and Aidan Ziegler-Hansen. 

Creative

Directed by Sarna Lapine
Scenery designed by Mikiko Suzuki
Lighting designed by Ken Billington 
Costumes designed by Jennifer Irwin
Sound by Leon Rothenberg
Hair designed by Bernie Ardia 
Music supervised by Conrad Helfrich 
Music directed by Alan J. Plado 
Casting director Stewart/Whitley

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9 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)

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Mary Ann McHugh Tritschler: “Fantastic”

This has got to be one of the top plays I've seen in a long time. Left... more

Mel Eiteljorge : “Loved it”

Wonderful. Christopher Tierney can both dance and act. All cast members... more

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