Dirty Dancing is a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. So it proved again on opening night at the Regent Theatre. It’s a story full of joy and heartbreak and the soundtrack features some of the most memorable songs of the 1980s
whilst telling the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman, a 17-year-old girl from a wealthy family who falls in love with Johnny Castle, a working-class dance instructor at a Kellerman’s resort in 1963.
The show is a true film adaptation but contains some changes that freshen it up and consequently make it feel new. These changes also help explain some cultural references unfamiliar to younger audiences and add a touch of humour to the story too.
Baby (Kira Malou), is very convincing and draws you into the story from minute one. Johnny (Michael O’Reilly), delivers an excellent performance that lives up to the expectations set. He walks into the shoes of one of the greats with grace, poise and considerable talent.
Georgia Aspinall stands out as Penny, providing dance moves that leave you breathless. Every character has a charm and the ability to draw you right into the story. Colin Charles as Tito provides a character with warmth and his role has grown from that of the film, a real bonus.
The attention to detail is outstanding, not only from the wardrobe but right down to hair styles. All adding to the authenticity and ensuring that the show is special and a joy to watch.The cast is excellent, the music great, and the dancing is special. If you are a fan of the film, you will love the show. However, you will enjoy the show whether you have seen the movie or not. I have no hesitation in recommending it. Dirty Dancing is a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Tonights reaction from the audience said it all.
It runs at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, Tue 4 Jul – Sat 8 Jul 2023