Dirty Dancing In Milton Keynes
|Author: Andy Roberts||Published: 8th May 2012 11:18|
Johnny (Paul-Michael Jones) and Baby
(Emily Holt)AboutMyArea/MK Review:
Dirty Dancing has now arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre, its home until Saturday 26th May.
The hit West End Musical production is about a third of the way through its 19-venue UK tour.
AboutMyArea/MK went along to see the show on Thursday last week. Soon after walking in to the lobby you could tell that it was going to be a special show. Neon pink lighting lit up the stairs, while the theatre staff was dressed up in bright pink ties too.
Only a few seconds after coming through the door we were handed a free badge - with a choice of a pink ‘Nobody puts baby in the corner' or a green ‘I carried a watermelon'. I'm not sure which one was for the girls and which for the boys!
Fans of the film will love the musical. The musical follows the story in the film very closely. Even if you don't know the film very well, you'll still know and will be able to sing along with a lot of the songs, including ‘Be My Baby', ‘Do You Love Me', ‘Hungry Eyes', ‘A Fool in Love' and ‘Duke of Earl' to name but a few. The cast was sexy and full of energy. The band, located above the stage, was excellent too.
Johnny is played by Paul-Michael Jones, who has represented England as a Latin and American ballroom dancer at the Wold Championships in Singapore. He's even danced with Dame Shirley Bassey on The Dame Edna Everage Show! Judging by the reaction from the audience when Johnny appears on stage in nothing but his boxer-shorts, it appears that they feel Paul-Michael is an able substitute for Patrick Swayze!
The show ends with the line that seemingly everyone had been waiting for as Jonny emerges from the back of the theatre, makes his way on to the stage, heads for Baby and says the infamous line, ‘Nobody puts Baby in the corner'. The band strikes up to play ‘I've Had the Time of My Life' (for the third and final time), and cue cheers and loud applause - the audience had clearly just seen what they had been waiting for.
The only thing negative thing for me was the American accents that the cast felt obliged to put on, but I guess that's all part of the show.
To book your tickets, go to the Milton Keynes Theatre website: http://www.atgtickets.com/Dirty-Dancing-Tickets/5/228/