Review - 'Dirty Dancing' at the Aldwych Theatre 2006
Opened 24 Oct 2006
Written: by Eleanor Bergstein
Synopsis:The film Dirty Dancing, which starred Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, was released in 1987. All the hits from the film's soundtrack, which includes Do You Love Me?, She's Like The Wind and Time Of My Life, are featured in the stage show along with some new numbers. The story has been re-written for the stage, but includes all of the movies memorable moments and some added scenes as well.
What the critics had to say.....
NICOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, " The light-hearted, frivolous young will have a ball with Dirty Dancing." ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "There’s a late-teens Daisy Pulls It Off plot line about helping others that makes most of Act Two corny. But Act One is a gorgeous feast of dance." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "This is a show that will give keen pleasure to Dirty Dancing addicts and to newcomers alike. It's often visually lovely, shifting location with the use of hyper-real video footage...This is a very enjoyable evening." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "A straightforward frame-by-frame recreation of the movie experience...an evening which is less full-blown musical and more a play with a musical soundtrack...There are a lot of boring bits and not half enough dancing" DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "No one is likely to have the time of their lives here. But a decent, undemanding night out for couples, easily impressed teens and hen parties? You bet." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "A show which adds so little to the original...Yet I found myself warming to Bergstein’s modern fairy story."