Is there a better way to spend a Monday evening than watching Dirty Dancing on-stage?
You know the story right? Baby or should I say Frances Houseman destined for big things falls in love with Johnny Castle – a dance teacher on their summer vacation at the Kellermans resort in 1963.
Born in the 1980’s I quite literally grew up with this movie and soundtrack and to this day remains one of my all time favourites. The music, the dancing, the clothes and lets not forget the chemistry. Oh and Patrick Swayze.
I have been lucky enough to watch Dirty Dancing on-stage twice now. Both at the Regent Theatre, both with incredible casting. Both left me with that feel good feeling and once again wanting to watch the movie. It’s a must see.
The Chemistry between Kira Malou (Baby) and Michael O’Reilly was electric. They both played the characters so well, even down to the accents and movement. That opening scene where Johnny walks on stage took me right back to the first time I watched the movie and lets not forget the closing scene ‘nobody puts baby in a corner’.
Simone Covele who played Penny was by far one of the best dancers I have seen. Her physical flexibility and elegance were quite simply breath-taking and lets not forget the singing voices. The singing was incredible. The entire cast were all fantastic. Part of what I love about a Theatre production is the ability to truly feel in the moment, in some way you feel like you’re snooping or at least that’s how I felt when watching the intimate scenes between Johnny and Baby.
I went into the theatre on Monday evening expecting the show to be a mirror image of the last production but in actual fact there were some subtle differences and a few comedic moments which if truth be told I personally didn’t like. Not at all necessary especially the duet between Baby’s mother and father and I was really confused by the campfire scene. That said the show was a brilliant adaptation and included all the memorable and stand out moments that fans know and love.
The chemistry on stage, the dancing, the singing, the sets, Lisa’s Hula Hana, the last night of the season at Kellerman’s did not disappoint. For those that loved the movie first time round will not be disappointed. And whatever you do, do not blink during the opening scene of Act 2. Let’s just say it’s peachy.
The hit show is in town until Saturday 20th October. Grab your tickets here – Dirty Dancing.