Sexy Dancing and 1960s Hits Propel “Dirty Dancing”
By Skip Sheffield
If you like sexy dancing and classic 1960s musical hits, “Dirty Dancing” is the perfect show for you.
Director James Powell cast the two leads to closely resemble the actors in the surprise 1987 sleeper hit movie. Rail-thin Rachel Boone has the kinky, curly hair of Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman. Christopher Tierney has the physical appearance and more important the agile, high-jumping dance moves of the late Patrick Swayze. Tierney even sounds like Swayze.
This fairy tale romance, with book by Eleanor Bergstein, is set at a Catskill resort in the summer of 1962.
“Baby” Houseman (Boone) is there with her parents, Dr. Jake Houseman (Mark Eliot Wilson) and Marjorie (Margot White) and a somewhat jealous older sister Lisa (Alex Scolari).
Johnny Castle (Tierney) is the resident dance instructor and object of desire for many of the female guests. There is a side plot involving Penny Johnson (Jenny Winton), who also is the most amazing female dancer in the show.
Baby is naïve in many ways, but not immune to the charms of Johnny Castle. When he takes a special interest in her and offers private dance lessons, Baby is a goner.
“Dirty Dancing” is powered by a parade of 1960s hits such as “This Magic Moment,” “Hey Baby” and “Cry to Me” as well as the smashing original finale number “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Outstanding soloists are Doug Carpenter and Adrienne Walker.
If you are of a certain age, this is all killer material. If you appreciate spectacular dancing, it doesn’t matter what your age is. “Dirty Dancing” is a winner.
Tickets are $30, $45, $65 and $105. Call 954-462-0222 or go to www.browardcenter.org.