This article was published on December 10th, 2015
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to surprise someone special with a pair of tickets to the premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, coming to Vancouver, January 12-17, 2016. The musical, based on the hit 1980’s movie, will play at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in downtown Vancouver.
The story takes place in 1963, when 17 year old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York with her older sister and parents. She become mesmerized by the dace moves and rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters. Baby gets excited and cannot wait to be a part of the scene, especially after seeing Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor.
“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was the theatre – audiences watching live bodies dancing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more Baby and Johnny scenes, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, most exciting of all – more dancing.”
The live musical performance is an experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Hit songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me?, and (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life will all be performed in the show.
The Vancouver engagement of Dirty Dancing is presented by Broadway Across Canada. Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage can be purchased through Ticketmaster.