I had the TIME OF MY LIFE watching Dirty Dancing!
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 practice 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...
Dirty Dancing is showing at the Kentucky Center in Whitney Hall. This Classic Story on Stage was an amazing show expressing emotion, heart pounding music, romance, and sensational dancing! The show had me sitting on the edge of my seat and singing out loud! The story on stage followed the movie to a “T”. It brought me back to 1987 when this untouchable musical classic was released. I was 13 years old and was smitten over Patrick Swayze and in awe with the way he danced in the movie. I felt as if I was Baby in the movie and loved the line, “nobody puts baby in the corner”. The Dirty Dancing show brought back all of those wonderful memories and I felt like a little girl again! During intermission and after the show, there was a booth that was selling Dirty Dancing merchandise such as: shirts, tumblers, and key chains with famous sayings from the movie. My girlfriend and I took the opportunity to take a photo in front of the “I’ve had the time of my life” banner. It was so much FUN!!!!
I highly recommend seeing this show as it will take you back to a time where two spirits from two different worlds come together and dance their hearts out … YOU WILL HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!
“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was the theatre – audiences watching live bodies dancing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more Baby and Johnny scenes, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, most exciting of all – more dancing.”
“Dirty Dancing is one of our most beloved and timeless properties,” said Lionsgate Television COO Sandra Stern. “Its magic has enchanted audiences on film, television, DVD and digital platforms alike, and it remains a perennial best-seller in our film and television library. We’re delighted to participate in the latest stage incarnation that will introduce Dirty Dancing to a whole new generation of fans, and we expect the stage play to prove yet again that nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein and the North American tour will be directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”
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The show runs this week, through October 18, get your tickets now. Tickets start at $31.25 and are available online at kentuckycenter.org or by calling 584-7777. Groups of 10 or more call 800-916-6101.