‘Now I’ve had the time of my life’ This seems like the perfect way to describe the way I felt after watching the stage production of Dirty Dancing At The Bristol Hippodrome. The film Dirty Dancing which famously starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey growing up was one of those staple films for me that I just watched over and over as i’m sure many others did too. I was so excited to finally see it on stage, my expectations were high and its safe to say I didn’t leave disappointed.
Just like the film the stage production is set in the summer of 1963 at Keller-man’s holiday resort in the Catskill Mountains, we are quickly introduced to Frances “Baby” Houseman (Katie Eccles). Baby is on holiday with her family, who are seen making quickly make use off the onsite activities are starting to take part in things such as learning to dance with some of the hired dancers at the resort. The first scene set was really impressive and kept in theme with the film version as did all the sets for each scene thru out, it was really cleverly done.
Thru Baby taking dances lessons to try and develop her skills at the resort it isn’t long before both baby and the audience are introduced to Johnny (Lewis Griffiths) and instantly you can see a connection between the pair. As time goes on and they begin to spend more and more time together you start to see the relationship between the pair build with a few delicate topics touched upon along the way. However spite the bumps they hit during the pairs journey the chemistry between Baby and johnny is undeniable and lovely to watch, especially in some of the more lets say raunchy scenes as the feelings between the pair start to develop a lot more.
The Dirty Dancing stage production much like the film version had such a great soundtrack. In fact I don’t think single song from the film version was missed out, from the classic Hungry Eyes scene where Baby is learning to dance to the this overload scene just after they’ve finished they dance competition and its raining. The show was filled with some many great dance numbers and song numbers some of which were sung but the incredible Billy Kostecki (Michael Kent) and Elizabeth (Sophia Mackay) who both gave amazing vocals.
However I couldn’t write this review without writing about one pinnacle moment, the moment all dirty dancing fans were waiting for ‘Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner’ which for those who have seen the film know that is quickly followed by that infamous dirty dancing lift. After what was an amazing dance routine and way to end the show, I was sat on the edge of my seat as Baby started running towards Johnny… would they? wouldn’t they?. They did!! I’m not ashamed to say that I actually felt quiet emotional during the final song and lift.
Overall this was an absolutely fantastic show and evening and I would highly recommend it. If you are a fan of the film version of Dirty Dancing, then like me you won’t be disappointed. The show managed to keep the the story line of the film and soundtrack, to be honest I wouldn’t say there were any bits for me that were missed out which was wonderful. If you are planning to go see the show thou I would probably say however that the show is definitely more of one for the adults and not so much for the children due to some of the delicate issues dealt with and some of the more raunchy scenes.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will be showing at the Bristol Hippodrome from Monday 1st July – Saturday 6th July 2019. If you’d like to find out more about the show and tickets you can do so by visiting the Bristol Hippodrome website here.
Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. However as always all opinions and views expressed are honest and that of my own.