NO ONE puts Baby in the corner’ and ‘that’ lift, two moments every fan of Dirty Dancing knows off by heart.
At The Playhouse next week, both will be brought to life, live on stage, when a new production of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage mambos back into the Capital.
The UK tour, which has already taken more than £10million at the box office since hitting the road last August tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny and features the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year- old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing.
On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters.
Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor.
Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off, and two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
Produced by Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, and written by Eleanor Bergstein, script writer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film, the production features the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film, as well as exciting extra scenes.
Since its Australian debut in 2004, Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage has become a worldwide phenomenon. The first ever UK tour launched in 2011, when it first visited The Playhouse.
Packed with passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the new production, which premiered in Milan in July 2015, is directed by Federico Bellone, choreographed by Gillian Bruce with set design re-imagined by top Italian designer Roberto Comotti.
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage originally opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006 and was the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history.
Dirty Dancing, Playhouse, Greenside Place, Monday-Saturday, various times, £17.90-£64.90, 0844-871 3014