Back in 1987 a low-budget film captured the hearts of cinemagoers the world over as two relatively unknown performers – Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey – danced their way to movie immortality, and $214m at the box office.
Since then, generation after generation has continued to take the legendary production – Dirty Dancing – to their hearts.
Demand for a film sequel has swelled year upon year. Prospects of a remake have escalated during the past five years, only to be scotched in July 2015 when the producers announced they wouldn’t be taking up a multi-million dollar production grant offered towards making the film.
There’s no doubt music and dance fans are crying out for a new brand-new dose of Dirty Dancing, according to theatre show producer Michael Taylor of Easy Theatres.
“To satisfy the overwhelming demand,” says Michael, “we went on the road during the spring of 2015 with a theatre show that offered an all-new take on the classic story.
“Having enjoyed many sold-out performances as we criss-crossed the country we are now proud to announce an even more extensive tour with a larger cast commencing March 2016.”
A Night of Dirty Dancing – the ultimate tribute show – fast forwards theatregoers to Kellerman’s end of season show, retelling the tale from an alternative perspective, and still featuring the hits from everyone’s favourite dance movie.
Recast and rescripted for 2016, more than 100 dates are already scheduled for the 150-day tour period. More than 2,000 performers applied for a role in the production.
“Celebrated film Dirty Dancing boasted the greatest movie soundtrack of all time,” says Michael Taylor. “All these hits are superbly performed in this fast-moving, slickly-choreographed theatrical treat.”
Dirty Dancing’s score included: She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.
Fans are invited to take a trip back to the summer of ’63, to relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the ultimate coming of age romance.
“It’s all down to Kellerman’s end-of-season show,” says Michael. “Revel in the moments you loved, the memories you made and the music that’s resonated throughout the years.”
The film defines the 1980s. It was the first movie to sell 1 million videos, it produced a number one single and achieved album sales of 42 million worldwide.
“Prepare for a night of dirty dancing with the brand-new sensational, inspirational, ‘aspirational’ box office smash of the year,” says Michael.
“Our sensational production brings all the hits to life, lavishly, live on stage.”
The show is not affiliated with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage currently on tour in the UK and worldwide. “It’s an all-new production featuring an all-star cast, the next exciting chapter in the amazing musical legacy that is Dirty Dancing,” says Michael.