'Dirty Dancing' Took the Stage at Fox Theatre Last Night

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

“Dirty Dancing,” one of the best girls’-night-in films from the 1980s, proved itself a great girls’-night-out musical at The Fabulous Fox Theatre’s opening performance last night—and with the vast majority of the audience on its feet by the last curtain call, it definitely didn’t get love from the girls alone.

Photo courtesy The Fox Theatre.  Dirty Dancing

Photo courtesy The Fox Theatre.

The story of Johnny Castle and Francis “Baby” Houseman’s summer romance was expertly told on stage, with as much of a direct adaptation as possible when translating from screen to stage. A prime concern—and a valid one—in movie-to-musical adaptations would be that the music overwhelms the story or distracts from it with original songs that hurt rather than help. Not so here: The now-classic songs that infused the film score (“Hungry Eyes,” “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”) were recreated on stage and, while live, achieved the difficult balance of being both present and background, catching attention while not detracting from the energy of the main performers in the scene.

The musical runs until Nov. 2, with 8pm showtimes Tuesday-Saturday, matinees on the weekends, with a special performance time on Oct. 26 of 6:30pm and a special performance time on Oct. 30 of 1pm. For more information, check out The Fox Theatre’s page.

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