“Dance is like life, it exists as you’re flitting through it, and when it’s over, it’s done.”– Jerome Robbins
I remember this being a low budget movie back in 1987 but was a hit because of the soundtrack and coming of age drama storyline. Young rich daddy’s girl meet young hardworking man set in the summer of ‘63 to join a dirty dancing competition. The film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles and their pairing was amazing. Aftter the movie was released Swayze went off feted and eventually filmed Ghosts with Demi Moore but Grey had a nose job that negatively affected her appearance and ultimately her career. Let’s just say it was an epic fail that she went under the knife a celebrity and came out anonymous.
I have tickets for this show but then Aerosmith came in the picture on the same date but no dramas there! I vended my tickets for half the price to bail out of it and bought another ticket for a show a week after. This musical was just a copy paste of the 80’s movie the dialogues and scenes followed the movie very closely. Though the movie was a hit 25 years ago but showing it to audiences in this era it felt so off because the characters, the lines everything seemed worn. If they have updated the theme a little more or made it current maybe it would have surprised the old and younger generation audience. The fact that they encouraged the crowd to sing and dance and be boisterous the play still lacks the oomph and pizzazz that one would expect from a show about dancing.
In one instance while watching the show after a cheesy dialogue:
Johnny Castle: No, no. Look, you’ve gotta understand what it’s like, Baby. You come from the streets and suddenly you’re up here, and these women, they are throwing themselves at ya, and they smell so good, and they really take care of themselves. I mean, I never knew women could be like that, you know? And they’re so rich, they’re so goddam rich, you think they must know about everything. And they’re slipping their room keys in my hands, two and three times day, different women. So, here I think I‘m scoring big, right? And for a while, you think, hey, they wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t care about me, right?
Frances “Baby” Houseman: That-that’s alright, I understand. You were just using them, that’s all.
Johnny Castle: No, no that’s not it. That’s the thing, Baby, see it wasn’t like that. They were using me.
A guy from the audience in sarcastic tone shouted “NOOOOOOO WWAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!” – The audience and the actors laughed.
I don’t want to itemized and dwell on the points of what I don’t like about this play versus the movie. All in all it wasn’t that bad but I’m still not saying that this will run for 50 years. I was entertained hearing the soundtrack again and made me realized that if dance is the outburst of the soul, music is its language. No matter how out dated the plot becomes or how corny the dialogue came to be… these songs will remain as timeless…