It’s almost time for some ‘Dirty Dancing’

It’s almost time for some ‘Dirty Dancing’

Produced by Pieter Toerien, Hazel Feldman and Karl Sydow, ‘Dirty Dancing’ opens at the Artscape Opera House on January 18 following a hugely successful season in Johannesburg. The show is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.
Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells 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. Featuring hit songs performed by a rocking live band, including ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘Time Of My Life’.
The captivating story takes place at a resort called Kellerman’s in Catskill, New York in the summer of 1963 and centres around the relationship between daddy’s girl Frances “Baby” Houseman and a talented, intense and handsome dance instructor, Johnny Castle. Frances “Baby” Houseman is a high school senior who is forced to go on vacation with her family. Baby gets bored and wanders into the summer staff living quarters of the resort and discovers an underworld of young men and women who spend all their free time dancing.
This world is risqué, sexy and exciting and it’s a world Baby’s forbidden to mix in. This is where she also meets the charismatic and sexy dance instructor Johnny Castle, who is as experienced as she is naive. While Baby is 17 years old and the embodiment of teenage idealism, the magnetic attraction between her and Johnny is inevitable from the moment they meet. It is the ultimate union of two opposites. She is instantly mesmerised by the sexy beat and risqué movements of his dirty dancing, while he is drawn to her angelic innocence.
Playing the leads of Johnny and Baby are UK ‘Dirty Dancing’ Star Gareth Bailey and our very own Bryony Whitfield. Luigi Vigliotti is the alternate Johnny. Mila de Baggi is Penny, Nadia Beukes is Lisa, Kyle Grant is Billy, Richard Gau is Robbie, and Rhys Williams is Neil. Zane Gillion stars as Tito and Mike Huff is Max. Mark Rayment is Baby’s Dad Jake, and Kate Normington is Marge, her mum. Malcolm Terry plays the part of Mr Schumaker and Nurit Graff is Viv. The ensemble includes Kjersti Soberg, Bradley Searle, Claire Scheepers, LJ Nielsen, Chris Jaftha, Cameron Botha, Liezl Oelofsen, Sebe Leotela, Jessica Green, Henk Opperman and Lebo Toko.
* The shows runs from Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and on Sundays at 2pm and 6pm, with tickets from R100 to R400 via Computicket.com or 021 421 7695.