"Time of your life" is an understatement.
Your favorite saucy summer story, "Dirty Dancing," takes over the Robinson Center stage this weekend, March 17-18, with Johnny and Baby front and center.
The 1987 classic movie celebrated its 30th anniversary with three successful years of the live show under its belt, including numerous sold out performances. Now the story of a summer trip to the Catskills is making its way to Little Rock, complete with hits like "Hungry Eyes," "Do You Love Me?" and, of course, "(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life."
If you're worried it won't be true enough to the move you hold so dear, never fear. Eleanor Bergstein, the screenwriter for the film, came on as the book writer for the stage production.
"As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over," Bergstein said, "I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more physically 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 theatre – live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s."
According to Bergstein, telling this story on stage allowed her to explore more about Baby's family and the early 1960s setting, as well as add in more songs and lots more dancing.
Audiences have four chances to see the show: 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m Sunday and 7:30 p.m. both nights. For tickets and more information, click here.