Dirty Dancing - Review Round Up
This dynamic reinvention of the 2004 stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing is brought to audiences by innovative Italian Director Federico Bellone. Remaining endlessly quotable, it features all of the classic, much-loved songs and scenes from the film, including 'I carried a watermelon' and anthems such as "Hungry Eyes", "Hey Baby", "Do You Love Me?" and the heart stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life". Staying wholeheartedly true to the film, this production is a must see for fans. With incredible choreography from Gillian Bruce, it trail blazes it's way onto the New Wimbledon Theatre stage for one week only, having rehearsed here before opening earlier in the year.
Though it of course fosters the power and intricacies of fantastic and precise dance talent alongside vigorous vocals, the show also does much to keep the moral commentary of the film, from Penny's horrific coat-hanger abortion coinciding with Baby's sexual awakening to Neil Kellerman's Freedom Riding aspirations. Giving the production a good amount of theatrical depth as well as it's commercially entertaining features. But don't just take our word for it, here is what the critics had to say...
'... by the end I was totally wowed. The famous finale "(I've had) The Time of My Life" sequence is brilliantly conceived. Joyful. Sexy. And to borrow a phrase from Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood: FAB-U-LOUS!'
'Simone Covele is a terrific Penny with high kicks up to her ears.'
- Diana Eccleston, Sardines Magazine
'Simone Covele is outstanding as Penny, a lithe and sinuous dancer with incredible flexibility and control.'
'Sian Gentle-Green gives the standout performance as Elizabeth. Her dynamic rendition of "Yes!" is full of energy and vitality. She is complimented by Alex Wheeler's sweet performance as Billy; he shows an impressive falsetto in "In The Still Of The Night" and the pair are great during the iconic "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life"'
'For fans of the film, there is plenty to enjoy with accomplished dancing and a great soundtrack.'
- Aliya Al-Hassan, Broadway World UK
'[Italian Director] Federico Bellone has injected so much simmering passion and sultry allure...'
'In this new version which has been rehearsed and produced in Wimbledon there is a likeable pairing of young stars in the central roles. Kira Malou is convincingly gauche as Baby and Michael O'Reilly, as Johnny, has a strong speaking voice and stage presence. Both are sensational dancers...'
'But the big lift at the end spoke for itself - held for an eternity, it was spectacular.'
- Jenny, Culture Vulture (Eyes of Lady Wimbledon).
'The latest touring show is true to the movie and features all the great music and dance routines!'
- Swazi Rodgers, Radio Presenter
'...what could be better than being transported back to the summer of 1963? Answer, absolutely nothing, it is actually the best way to spend your evening.'
'The scenery is impressive, setting the scene in the dining room, the dance room or the iconic lake scene where Baby and Johnny practice their lift.'
'In all it is a wonderful night out... With the iconic lift at the end of the show the audience held its breath as O'Reilly picked up Malou and cheered when they were in the position everyone knows from Dirty Dancing.'
- Alex Sykes, Fairy Powered Productions
Dirty Dancing plays in Wimbledon until Saturday 24th November can be found only 20 minutes from Waterloo by train (or 10 mins from Clapham Junction). Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner.