FANS of the cult classic won’t be disappointed by this sexy and sizzling adaptation for the stage.
Paul-Michael Jones gives Swayze a run for his money when he swaggers on stage as bad boy dance instructor Johnny Castle, who literally sweeps Jill Winternitz’s sweet and innocent Baby off her feet.
Set in a 1960s American holiday camp for wealthy families, 17-year-old Baby falls head over heels for Johnny who teaches her much more about life than the steps to the Mamba when she steps into his pregnant dance partner’s shoes.
Talented dancing came from the whole cast but it was Charlotte Gooch, playing Penny Johnson, who seemed to own the stage and with seamlessly slick moves, the audience couldn’t keep their eyes off her.
Johnny and Baby’s passionate romance builds until the predominantly female audience is tingling with anticipation for the show’s pinnacle line, ‘Nobody puts Baby in the corner,’ which was almost drowned out by the excited screams and cheers.
Packed full of hits such as Be My Baby, Save The Last Dance for Me and Time of My Life, the live band had people swaying and singing along in their seats.
The show is faithful almost to the point of mimicry of the film and seems to fit in almost every line - so fans will not be disappointed.
But with scorching chemistry, dangerous dance moves and a killer soundtrack, it is little doubt audiences are having the time of their life.
Dirty Dancing is at the Birmingham Hippodrome until August 25. For tickets visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com.
HANNAH JENNINGS PARRY