Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage at Boston's Opera House
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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
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If you like the movie, you will love the show. They did an excellent job creating all the most memorable moments of the movie and translating it to the stage visually. The costumes, choreography, set and lighting are spectacular.
Unfortunately, although a perfect look for the part, Johnny Castle was not a strong actor and that was disappointing. Baby, Penny and Johnny's Cousin Billy were all excellent. Of the actors, I thought those three were the most successful in making the parts their own while still holding true to the characters we all initially fell in love with. Others seemed to almost try to hard to do their roles differently from the movie and didn't make great choices. Baby in particular was very believable as a young teen and an inexperienced dancer. She played her role with both the strength and vulnerability needed. She had very hard shoes fill from Jennifer Grey but I personally found her just as lovable.
If you are expecting a musical with all the characters singing and dancing, you will be disappointed. It is a not a traditional musical. Billy (Ben Mingay) was amazingly strong vocally as one of the few live performances in the show. There are some great vocals but they are intentionally in the "background."
Overall, it was a very fun, enjoyable night of theater and a fantastic spectacle!
Quotes & Highlights
“Fasten your seat belts and have the time of your life.” —The Boston Globe
“Electrifying… A wonderful walk down pop culture’s memory lane.” —Boston Metro
“Fall in love all over again.” —Cape Cod Times
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, the worldwide musical smash, is having its pre-Broadway East Coast Premiere in Boston! The movie is a legendary entertainment phenomenon. The soundtrack is simply unforgettable. And now you can experience Dirty Dancing as never before. Step inside the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives – told by a cast of 40 and featuring 35 hit songs including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping Academy Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
Photo of Josef Brown, Amanda Leigh Cobb © David Scheinmann, 2008