I was obsessed with musical movies growing up. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen movies like Grease (1 and 2!), Annie, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing. Nana and I distinctly remember a day when I stayed home sick from school and watched these movies for the first time. Although I was too young to actually understand some aspects of the movies (I mean, Grease 2 has a song about “reproduction”), I loved the singing and dancing. I’m still notorious for randomly busting out in song and dance, much to Adam and Bean’s displeasure. The new adaptation of Footloose came on TV the other day and I was mesmerized… and danced with Bean during the closing credits. (Let’s Hear It For The Boy always makes me wanna sing and dance.)
The FSCJ Artist Series Jacksonville presents Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage – opened last night at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater and Samantha and I had the time of our lives watching this musical movie favorite come to life on stage.
It’s 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. (Check out a video sneak peek of the show.)
We sang, we danced, we cried, we loved every minute of this show. The performance was perfect and they covered all of my favorite scenes. The final dance scene is always my favorite! “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” I’ll have to ask my coworkers to forgive me because I’m sure I’ll be singing the songs all day today. There were some funny bits to the show, like an older gentlemen dancing how I imagine Poppie dances. (Nana confirmed he does in fact dance like that around the house.) There were also some added scenes, necessary in my opinion considering they covered a majority of the story before intermission.
The North American Tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage premiered in Jacksonville last night and runs through Sunday, December 14th for eight performances only at the Times-Union Center downtown, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series. Tickets start at just $37.50 and can be purchased at artistseriesjax.org. Stay up to date on shows coming to Jacksonville by liking the FSCJ Artist Series’ Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
As part of the Artist Series Theater Ambassador Program, I was compensated with tickets to the show in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.