To celebrate International Womens Day I was invited to see Dirty Dancing the musical . I spent the most amazing few hours watching it at the Aldwych theatre, London. Everything about it was fantastic; the set, it was a case of what couldn’t it do, the costumes, the dances. The cast looked to be totally enjoying themselves. There was laughter, comedy and also tears.
For those that are too young to know, Dirty Dancing is set in an American holiday camp in the 1960’s. At night the entertainment staff enjoy themselves in their illicit club where they dirty dance the night away. Baby, one of the guests discovers this and then falls for Johnny the head dancer. Circumstances mean that she has to learn to dance thus bringing her closer to Johnny.
I really was blown away. A special treat that I wasn’t expecting was Ray Quinn Of X factor/Dancing on ice fame. His vocals made chills go down my spine.
The lead roles Baby and Johnny were played by Dominique Provost-Chalkly and Johnny Wright, out of respect I will not mention his six pack like no other I have ever seen. 😉 At first I thought Baby and Johnny were never going to draw me in or bring me to tears like the film did but they did. It was nearly as moving as the original film.
The dancing was fabulous I only wish there were more group dance scenes, there is a really great one near the end. What a great way to spend International Womens day. Dirty Dancing was written by Eleanor Bergstein who has been praised for highlighting issues around feminism, class and sex.
Huge huge praise to the cast, it was hard to believe that they could perform with so much enthusiasm every single night, but they must do. They appeared to be having so much fun. The audience were certainly impressed, the cheering, clapping and laughing throughout proved that. It seems a shame that the west end run of Dirty Dancing is coming to a close 9th July 2011 but then it does begins a two year tour so if you can get to see it I highly recommend it.
Disclosure: I was given the ticket for free.