“Dirty Dancing” came out shortly after I graduated from high school, and I have managed to live a full, invigorating adult life without ever actually seeing it.
Oh, sure. As a consumer of popular culture, I’ve picked up some knowledge about “Dirty Dancing.” I know, for instance, that no one puts Baby in a corner. I know, from seeing “The Time of My Life” video on MTV a zillion times, that there is challenging dance move that must be mastered. I know the movie stars Jennifer Grey, back when she still looked like Ferris Bueller’s sister, and Patrick Swayze at the height of his attractiveness.
Oh, and Jerry Orbach, pre-“Law & Order,” played a disapproving father. Big surprise there.
It’s not like the producers needed my money. This low-budget 1987 feature brought in more than $200 million at the box office and became the first film to sell a million copies on home video. The soundtrack was ubiquitous, too, selling 32 million copies and churning out hit after radio hit.
I’m still going to avoid watching the movie – at this point in my life, it’s become a point of pride. Also, I think some things are best experienced as a swoony teenage girl.
But I’m not going to avoid the touring stage adaptation that’s coming to Spokane next week, as part of the STCU Best of Broadway series. Here’s what there is to know before the INB Performing Arts Center is transformed into a Catskills resort, circa 1963, for the show’s six-performance run that concludes April 29.
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