Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage is a story of a seventeen year old girl named Frances Baby Houseman. Set in the summer of the year 1963, Baby goes on vacation to the New York Catskill mountains resort with her family where the staff have all night dance party with sexy dance moves and musical rhythms and tempos that Baby hasn t seen nor heard before. After seeing and hearing the dances and the music, Baby can t wait to be a part of this hypnotizing scene especially after she first sets her eye on the very attractive dance instructor of the resort, Johnny Castle. There is a show at a nearby resort that Johnny and his dance partner wish to participate in but his usual dance partner is unable to participate so Johnny teaches Baby to be a better dancer as well as teaches her his sick partner s part in the routine so that she can be the replacement. Baby and Johnny s tempers clash but despite this a romance begins. There is a turmoil of events happening during this with Johnny s dance parter (Penny), Johnny, Baby s family, and Penny s current boyfriend. The events all unfold and all lead up to a climatic ending.
The musical Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage is based on the movie Dirty Dancing that was originally released in 1987. This version of the movie, however, is a live, musical show. The live version of the show actually broke records in the UK and Germany for having advance tickets sales that were the highest in history.
In London, the show sold out for the first six months of it s showing before it had even opened. After the musical was first performed in Sydney, Australia at the Theatre Royal it went on a national tour of New Zealand and Australia. In these two places alone it was shown for eighteen months and sold out every single time.
A new production opened in Hamburg, Germany in March of 2006 and it continues to play there to sold out crowds. This show actually just sold it s one millionth ticket. As if all of this success wasn t enough there was even more to come. When the show opened at London s Aldwynch Theatre it brought in eleven million dollars in advance ticket sales. After the show s opening night the advance ticket sales to the show increased to be even more than they already were.
There is, predictively, a lot of wonderful music in the musical. Some of the songs include This Magic Moment, Wipe Out, and the infamous song (I ve Had) The Time of My Life. There are fifty five times in the musical where music is played with thirty times being in the first act and twenty five being in the second act.
The cast of the show includes Hannah Vassallo as Baby, Martin Harvey as Johnny Castle, Nadia Coote as Penny Johnson (Johnny s original dance partner), and fifteen other talented actors and actresses.
The writer of the show is Eleanor Bergstein who also wrote the movie. James Powell is the director but was also an actor for twelve years and appeared in the show Les Miserables. The choreographer for the amazing dance moves for the musical is Kate Champion.
The show is said to be spectacular (Financial Times, Alastair Macauley), magnificent (Mail on Sunday, Georgina Brown), and the biggest live theatre sensation of all time (Observer, Polly Vernon) . The fact that is has been sold out many, many times is proof enough that the show is, in fact, sensational and a must see.
There are various performances happening March 29, 2010 through October 23, 2010 with multiple price options, assisted performances including wheelchair access, help for people who are hard of hearing, and people with guide dogs, and a premium seating option. The show is currently being shown at Aldwych Theatre in Aldwych, London.
This show is definitely a must see show so book your tickets today!