It’s the feel-good musical, with snake hips and lifts that take you back to the summer of 1963…
Now in its triumphant fifth year at the Aldwych Theatre, Dirty Dancing opened in London in 2006, breaking all box-office records with advanced ticket sales of over £15 million, which made it the fastest selling show in West End history. It has since played to over 1 million people, receiving nightly standing ovations and continuing to enthral and delight audiences.
Now this classic coming-of-age movie is in the middle of its first ever national tour and is soon to arrive at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. The story of a girl’s whirlwind relationship with her dance instructor captured the hearts of people across the world when the film was first released in 1987. Starring a young Patrick Swayze as dancer Johnny Castle and the-then unknown actress Jennifer Grey as Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman, the film was a love story that spanned the class divide.
The stage production features the hit songs of the movie including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and I’ve Had The Time Of My Life. American actress Jill Winternitz will star as idealistic Baby Houseman, while Paul-Michael Jones will continue his role as Castle. Since the announcement of the tour in November 2010, demand for tickets has been phenomenal, with sales exceeding £10m for the first seven cities on sale, and many performances have sold out.
The producers of Dirty Dancing say: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the success of the production to date and hope this amazing response will continue as the tour extends through to the end of 2012. It has been wonderful to see audiences across the country embracing the show with the same passion and support that we have been fortunate enough to receive in the West End over the past five years. As Dirty Dancing enters an exciting new stage in its UK journey, it shows no signs of slowing down.’
The cast model themselves convincingly on their film counterparts, particularly Charlotte Gooch, who plays
Penny, and at times it could have been the Hollywood stars there on stage. Watch out for the waterlift scenes,
superbly created with digital special effects. Fans of the film will love this new version, complete with live music
and everything you could want from a musical.
Liverpool Empire Theatre
9-27 October 2012
For tickets please visit www.atgtickets.com