First things first! GO SEE THE PLAY! You know the movie. The play exceeds expectations as it brings the same joyous feelings as the film. The film was not expected to be a hit and almost went to directly to VHS before its release in 1987. Usually, a successful play is turned into a movie so it nice to see a film that surprised everyone by grossing over 200 million dollars transformed into a theatrical work of art. Was the movie biographical? Placed in 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York'. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings was expected to marry a doctor, just like her father. Eleanor Bergstein, the creator grew up in Brooklyn, her father was a doctor and she has said she would go to risky neighborhoods to experience dirty dancing.
Stephen Brimson Lewis, Tim Mitchell and Jon Driscoll have done a beautiful job bringing the visuals sets to life keeping the feel of a movie, really creative work. The music which won multiple Grammys did not have The Drifters "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" by Marvin Gaye which Eleanor Bergstein, the creator wanted in the film but was not able to get the rights. Great to see those songs in the play as the music moves you as it did in the film. The cast is flawless and Chante Carmel is beyond good and sets the level that everyone else has to keep up with and they all do! Not out front but always in view is the orchestra and they are the perfect cherry on top of this magical sundae! Review at the Kravis Center for national tour dates click here.