A Night of Dirty Dancing, Alnwick Playhouse, Saturday, April 9.
Any tribute show faces the difficulty of trying to please established fans and this one – not to be confused with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage – is no different
Based on the 1987 film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the show, by Easy Theatres is not a copy of the stage show.
It is a funny, brilliant mash-up of the film with songs aplenty and women and men who know how to move and sing.
With a group of mums who rarely get the chance to for a night off this was the ultimate girls night out.
From start to finish, the cast engaged with the audience and made it into a simply unforgettable performance.
For us it was even more exciting as out seats were on the very front row – right at the heart of the action.
Using the stage of the Kellerman’s end of season talent show to string together the 1987 hit film’s most memorable songs and scenes, its 10-person cast paid comedic homage to the cult classic.
Darius J James and Hayley Marie Baker impressed as dance partners Johnny Castle and Penny Johnson, delivering a captivating performance in the first half, while Eloise Gray was most convincing as Baby – and with so many similarities to Baby from the film it was fantastic, she demonstrated a stand-out voice throughout.
All the cast displayed energy and enthusiasm, but none more than Alexia Collard as Lisa Houseman, whose enthusiasm was unsurpassable and Leo Sene as Max Kellerman, who were responsible for delivering the bulk of the humour – which had the audience roaring with laughter.
Darius was fantastic as Johnny, with his sultry looks, and take me to bed eyes, and a physique to match, he left a lot of women a little hot under the collar.
I laughed and sang so much my cheeks were hurting by the end of the show, and I’m still hoarse from the night.
All the favourites from the film were in there – Hungry eyes, She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, and of course the ultimate (I’ve had) The Time of My Life.
And then there was, of course, the lift, which was superbly executed.
The cast even took the time to meet and greet the audience as they left and had pictures taken – a nice touch.
I haven’t had as much fun in ages, from start to finish it was superb and. If I ever get the chance to see the show again I will jump at it.