“Did we have the time of our life? Or a evening to forget?”
Dirty Dancing stopped off at The Theatre Royal Nottingham as part of its first ever national UK tour.
With an overwhelming demand, the tour has stopped in Nottingham longer then first expected with all the dates being sold out making this the hottest ticket in town. Tickets have already gone on sale for 2014/2015 tour dates which have been announced on the Dirty Dancing website, and it would be highly unlikely that it wouldn’t return to Nottingham due to this amazing response.
The stage was set , tickets sold out like hot cakes and all the woman where getting hot under the collar for a bit of Johnny Castle, and to get all their vocal chords in check for all the songs they remember to sing-a-long to from the hit 90’s film, and they were hoping not to be disappointed.
Everyone and their dog is bound to of seen the film of Dirty Dancing film or even just heard about the main parts of it, whether they care to admit it or not. So for the die hard fans of the film, they would notice if something from the film wasn’t in the stage adaptation or if something a little different was added, but for me the added parts of the stage version which wasn’t featured in the film, didn’t come across as well for me, and I didn’t like or see a reason as to why they bothered to add or change any of it in all honesty. For example a camp fire scene where grandson Neil is told it would be worthless for him to go and fight as a freedom fighter to try and change the world, just seemed like a scene that just didn’t need to be added, there is enough in the source material to use. Also such as where Baby’s mum found out about the surgery of Penny, if just an added ‘huh’ scene that again is not needed to progress any of the play.
The acting seem slightly wooden and emotionless at times, and it felt like they where just reading off a auto queue with no heart or feeling. This might have been because they are performing day in day out but it showed for many of the actors that it was just a case of get their lines done at the right time. In my eyes Johnny Castle’s character who performed for us on the night could of done with a couple of nights on a sun bed or a spray tan as he was more Edward from the Twilight series then Johnny Castle, and his accent wasn’t as macho as Patrick’s from the original film,. The actor was more suited to a high school musical or Rock Of Ages show, but he had a good physique for all the ladies in the crowd, for them not take their eyes off him even during the cabin scene where he was just wearing his little white boxers , so I had to shield my Mrs eye’s on that one 🙂 ….
The dancing was remarkable from the lead cast to the backing dancers it was movie perfect and couldn’t be faulted, fans wanted to see the dancing as well as the music other then ‘Hungry Eyes’ the two main songs of the film are ‘ Time of My Life’ and ‘She’s Like the Wind’ but with both of those I was quite disappointed, with ‘She’s Like the Wind’ it was a instrumental version which is the same as the London West-End show which just didn’t feel the same when each and every other song from had the movie soundtracks or performed by the live band. The song which symbolises ‘Dirty Dancing’ is ‘Time of Our Life’ but this song wasn’t the live band or the movie soundtrack it just had two of the cast members just singing the song on each side of the stage changing the vocals which just didn’t have the same impact then the original with each of them wanting to put their own mark on the track.
Costumes did look more from the musical ‘Dream-coats and Petty-coats’ and not clothes which would have been worn by families and young adults on their summer vacations, but the main cast had their hair and make up just like the movie in each and every scene even with the replacement Baby used for our night of the performance.
During the final dance, our actor of Baby messed up the famous iconic lift as she just didn’t have a long enough run up to Johnny with the jump and she just seemed to grab hold of his shoulders and one of her legs just didn’t get as straight as her other one it just looked a bit wobbly and uncomfortable but after a few moments it was sorted and carried on with the lift, everything else was prefect as regards to the dance moves and each scene from the classic movie which were performed were done very well.
The crowd didn’t seem to know when to clap or cheer during the show, it could have been the fact that they where glued to their seats and just enjoying the show or it could have been for the fact that each scene felt like it was rushed and hurried along to the next. Particular moment where Johnny was teaching Baby about balance where they where both on a log across a lake just seemed to be rushed and was over before it started, These were some of the small points I mentioned above which left me disappointed but this was because I was comparing it to the show I had already seen when it had a stay in London.
I had a very enjoyable evening for the whole show and everyone left happy and we will look forward to its return to Nottingham in years to come.
It wasn’t a time of my life and it wasn’t a evening to forget it but it was enjoyable so if you liked the film then we recommend you go see the show if you can get hold of one of the hottest tickets in town
Pros – Its Dirty Dancing | Love | Classic Songs | Memories | Great Dancing From Everyone Involved
Cons – Felt Rushed At Times | Weird Costume Choices | Acting A Bit Wooden | Song Songs Were Dissapointing