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Dirty Dancing - the classic story on stage

Review: Dirty Dancing

Transferring an iconic film to a stage show is a risky business. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t and this is the case with Dirty Dancing.

As a stage show it lacks substance and spirit. With so many short scenes in the first half its difficult to follow and hard to get a feel for the mood of the 60’s with the action being rushed to accommodate the numerous, sometimes un-necessary scene changes.

But what Dirty Dancing lacks in storyline and staging it makes up for in its exciting choreography, as it’s packed with raunchy, imaginative and sensuous numbers that leave little to the imagination.

Set in 1963 the story centres around the well to do Houseman family on holiday at the Kellerman’s Hotel. Daddy’s girl, Baby, suddenly stumbles upon an all night dance – and her life changes from that very second. She becomes fascinated by the raunchy dance moves and by Johnny Castle, the dance instructor. When his partner gets pregnant Baby becomes his new dance partner and he teaches her a little more than steamy, sensuous dance movements.

As Johnny Castle, Paul-Michael Jones is more boy-next-door than womanising dance instructor and needs to toughen up a bit but in the dance numbers he is utterly amazing as is Emily Holt as Baby who moves beautifully from the sugar-coated innocent to the feisty I -know –what- kind -of -person -I –wanna- be- now girl.

Packed with hit songs including ~Be My Baby, Do You Love Me and of course The Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing is a great girls night out!

by Liz Coggins

Posted on Tuesday 12th June 2012

Grand Theatre & Opera House

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