Dirty Dancing Works It at Emerson Colonial Theatre

Posted April 28, 2015 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Dirty Dancing

It was the summer of 1963. Everyone called her Baby. And that’s when they went to Kellerman’s.

It was the summer of 1987. Everyone watched Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing. And that’s when everyone went crazy.

Whether you were saw it first-hand in the theater or you’ve watched it countless times on DVD, there are those of us who like love are obsessed (you know who you are) with the story of 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and that time she spent the summer in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her family. If only our vacations were that interesting. It was a hot season of racy dance moves, pounding rhythms and secret dance rythms deep in the heart of the resort’s staff quarters (not to mention a gyrating hip here and there). Baby just couldn’t wait to work it.

And then she caught a glimpse of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Sigh.

Seen by millions across the globe, Broadway In Boston is presenting the return Boston engagement of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. A nostalgia inducing live experience, this performance is full of unforgettable music, romance, passion, and obviously sensational dancing.

Dirty Dancing on Stage

Samuel Pergande as Johnny Castle, Jillian Mueller as Baby. Photo courtesy of Emerson.

The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film comes to the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre from April 28 through May 10, as part of the 2014-2015 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. That’s just two weeks for you to have the time of your life.

Although this timeless love story will have all the expected twists, turns and twirls, along with the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” there might be an unexpected add-on here and there, according to Eleanor Bergstein, the screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the musical.

“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over, I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely in the event,” she says. “Writing it for the stage, I was 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 cast is team of incredible talent – Samuel Pergande as Johnny Castle, Jillian Mueller as Baby, Jenny Winton as Penny Johnson, Emily Rice as Lisa Houseman, Caralyn Kozlowski as Marjorie Houseman, Mark Elliot Wilson as Dr. Jake Houseman, Gary Lynch as Max Kellerman and Jesse Liebman as Neil Kellerman. The musical is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch, based on the all that fantastic original choreography by Kate Champion.

Get your tickets now. But make sure you remember to sit front and center. Because as we know, no one puts Baby in the corner.

Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre is located 106 Boylston Street in Boston. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster (800-982-2787), by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com, and at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Box Office at 270 Tremont Street in Boston.