Rachel Boone and Christopher Tierny
“Dirty Dancing” the Musical at Broward Center
By Skip Sheffield
The phenomenon that was the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” is now a stage musical coming to Broward Center for the Arts Tuesday, April 12 for an engagement through April 24.
Produced on a miniscule budget and shot in North Carolina, which is much cheaper than New York, “Dirty Dancing” was thought to be a direct-to-video movie. Surprise, the movie was a big hit thanks to the charisma of dancer-actor Patrick Swayze and his co-star Jennifer Grey, daughter of Broadway legend Joel Grey. Swayze became a star overnight and “Dirty Dancing” became the first movie to sell 1 million videos.
For the national tour, Christopher Tierny plays the Patrick Swayze role of dance instructor Johnny Castle. Rachel Boone is Frances “Baby” Houseman, the somewhat naïve guest to a Catskill resort where the help has after-hours parties where the “Dirty Dancing” of the title take place.
“It’s really, really a fun show,” says Rachel Boone, who has been with the tour since July 2014. “It’s a play with music. I don’t sing, but I get to dance with Christopher Tierny. He even sounds like Patrick Swayze.”
Patrick Swayze died prematurely at age 57 of pancreatic cancer Sept. 14, 2009. The character he created lives on after him.
“The dance numbers are really good, and so are the dancers,” says Boone, a North Carolina native. “The movie was filmed near where I grew up. Christopher is a fantastic, passion-filled dancer.”
Tickets are $30, $45, $65 and $105. Call 954-462-0222 or go to www.browardcenter.org.