Dirty Dancing at Grand Opera House – A Mumbler Review
Mumbler was invited along to the opening performance of Dirty Dancing at the Grand Opera House in York last night which is currently touring the UK. As a busy mum, it was so good to have a rare night out just for me!
The iconic 1987 film featuring a host of well-known hit songs has been transformed for the stage and has seen success in two West End runs and three UK tours.
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing.
On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor.
Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off, and two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
We thought the show was very true to the film, featuring all the key scenes using the same dialogue as the film, not least “I carried a watermelon” and “nobody puts Baby in the corner”.
It was fast paced, although felt that some scenes rushed from one to another to squeeze in the entire story. There are so many memorable parts of the film and none were left out. It had everything you would expect, the dancing, the iconic phrases and of course that lift! They even managed to include the water scene!
If you’re after some fun with your friends then this may be the show for you. Some of the scenes brought whoops from the crowd, often Jonny’s body (and bottom – you’ll have to go along to find out what I mean!) and his moves (Bruno from Strictly would have something to say about those hips!). It also brought laughter at times, sometimes intentionally, sometimes perhaps not!
Don’t go along expecting a musical version of the film, it is more of a replica of the film with lots of music included. There is dancing of course and the cast do a great job of all the dance scenes. It also includes all of the feel good hits including ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and of course ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ which will make you want to get up and dance!
If you need a good excuse for a night out and want some fun, round up your girlfriends, grab a drink and take a seat. The show ended on a real high with the music and dancing really gripping the audience. The finale brought some people to their feet to dance in the aisles and saw a standing ovation from others.
It is only showing until Saturday (13th Oct) so if this is one for you grab your tickets quickly.