Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
If you’ve read my about page, you probably know that I absolutely adore Dirty Dancing! It’s one of my favorite movies and has been since I was a little girl. I grew up watching it with my Grandma and my Mom, and it has so much
mostly nostalgic meaning for me.
When I was younger, I just loved the music and the dancing and the energy of all of it, and I still do. But now that I’m older and understand the plot and themes, I love it even more. It’s just such a classic romance about two total opposites clashing and then falling in love (a trope I happen to be fond of), but it also speaks somewhat to the times in which it was set. It shows a bit of the prejudice between classes and races in the 60’s and the hardships that came with it.
I’ve probably seen the movie about five times this year, not to mention how many times I’ve forced friends and family to watch with me (sorry
not sorry). Dirty Dancing is just something I’ll never get tired of.
So, obviously, I was thrilled to find out there was a live production of it!
Which was amazing, by the way. It included all of my favorite scenes and quotes! Of course, the adaption is a bit different, though. Not all of the scenes were the same because of the obvious limitations of a live on stage production, but even the ones that were removed or altered still worked very well with the plot and the characters.
Most of the actors were fabulous and reflected the original cast very well, especially Johnny (portrayed by Christopher Tierney) and Kellerman. They managed to really capture their characters and it was fabulous! Christopher Tierney also sounds a bit like Patrick Swayze which was a little eerie but enjoyable nonetheless.
I wasn’t very fond of the actors who portrayed Dr. Houseman (Mark Elliot Wilson) and Marjorie (Margot White). They seemed a bit forced, and at times sort of aggressive in the acting. As did Baby (portrayed by Gillian Abbott), however she did fairly well in her acting- some lines just felt a bit off when she delivered them, but it wasn’t as jarring as Wilson and White.
And oh gosh! The music and live band and performers were exceptional! They all sounded amazing and were very talented, especially the soloists who performed Do You Love Me? (John Antony) and This Magic Moment (Jennlee Shallow)!
Overall, I enjoyed the production and would see it again if I had the chance! If you’re a fan of Dirty Dancing, this is a must-see!