Onstage with Dirty Dancing

Posted at 5:41 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 18:41:36-05

The classic movie is on the Orpheum stage. Dirty Dancing, the touring stage musical is playing at the Orpheum Theater, Tuesday, November 17, through Sunday, November 22.

The musical is written by the Eleanor Bergstein,screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing.

"As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over," Eleanor Bergstein said. "I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more intensely in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was the theatre - audiences watching live bodies dancing here and now in the present - on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman's. Writing it for the stage, I was also 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 production's book is written by Bergstein and the North American tour will be directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. It is the Omaha premiere for the show, which features the hit songs "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and
"(I've Had) The Time Of My Life."

The story takes place in the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman is on vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort's staff quarters, Baby can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort's sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby's life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny's leading lady, both on-stage and off.

Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story on Stage will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 17, 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 20, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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