Dirty Dancing

 Edinburgh Playhouse
27 Feb – 14th March
That was the Summer of 1963, when everyone called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy got shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn’t wait to join the peace corps and I thought that I would never find a guy as great as my Dad.. That was the Summer we went to Kellermman’s…
Now, this performance of Dirty Dancing had a lot to live up to. Its one of Divine’s favorite films of all time,. with Patrick Swayzee my official first man-crush. This film had it all & I saw it at the pictures three times on its release and have watched the video at least 100,000 times. I even had high-waisted trousers designed and tailored so that I could replicate the look and moves of Johnny (We have a similar physique and dancing style). Taking my seat in the Playhouse, the illuminated Dirty Dancing sign, hanging centre stage, set me off into excitement. With Patrick Swayzee in Heaven and Baby, well she is nae a Baby any more, I was eager to see how Roseanna Frascona (Baby) and Gareth Bailey (Johnny) would bring the stars of the show alive.
I’m delighted to say it was a mesmerizing performance, with amazing digital special effects that helped to recreate the different scenes. A house band performed on an elevated stage in the air above the action, and all the classic songs were played and sung live. Everything was replicated, the script word-for-word bringing this now classic love story back to life. The choreography was sexy and well executed, & I found this feel good film transfers naturally to become feel good theater.
I knew the winning factor wouldn’t come until the end. The film always has me in floods of tears at the famous dance scene, when Johnny comes back after running away to perform the final dance with Baby and it becomes apparent that it wasn’t Johnny that got the blonde chick up duff. It is such a happy happy ending. Did I cry? Of course! FIVE STARS –

Reviewer : Mark ‘Divine’ Calvert

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