“Dirty Dancing” Sizzles at Memorial Auditorium

The 2014-16 National Tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage — which made its Raleigh debut last night, courtesy Broadway Series South — really sizzles. Contributing to the conflagration are incendiary performances by Gillian Abbott as awkward, altruistic 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman; Christopher Tierney as dynamic, dreamboat Catskills resort dance instructor Johnny Castle;… Continue reading “Dirty Dancing” Sizzles at Memorial Auditorium

1987’s Beloved “Dirty Dancing” Is Just as Timeless Onstage

The iconic film Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, has been a favorite among audiences since it first premiered in 1987. And, despite the years that have passed since its release, it’s still popular, especially among the female demographic. Its simple-but-sweet story, in which true love trumps all is classic, timeless, and happy-… Continue reading 1987’s Beloved “Dirty Dancing” Is Just as Timeless Onstage

National Tour of “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” Will Make Its Raleigh Debut on Sept. 8-13

The critically acclaimed National Tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, starring Christopher Tierney as suave and oh-so-sexy Catskills resort dance instructor Johnny Castle and Gillian Abbott as awkward 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman, will make its Raleigh debut on Sept. 8-13 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing… Continue reading National Tour of “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” Will Make Its Raleigh Debut on Sept. 8-13

DPAC’s “Dirty Dancing” Is Better Than Other Movies-Turned-Stage-Adaptations

Stage adaptations of popular films have gotten trendy as of late (see Ghost, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, ad nauseam), so it’s no surprise that Dirty Dancing, the 1987 smash hit film, would get in on the trend. What is surprising, however, is that instead of just rehashing the film and adding a bunch of… Continue reading DPAC’s “Dirty Dancing” Is Better Than Other Movies-Turned-Stage-Adaptations

“Dirty Dancing” Debuts at DPAC to Durham’s Delight

The Durham Performing Arts Center audience decided by unanimous vote on opening night that director James Powell’s Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage is delightful, delovely, and delicious. In spite of some opening-night sound problems and a rather stilted performance from Samuel Pergande as Johnny Castle, a role made famous by screen idol Patrick… Continue reading “Dirty Dancing” Debuts at DPAC to Durham’s Delight