Premiere, classic summer camp dance movie remade as a 3-hour TV movie, Wednesday May 24th, 2017 8/7 pm
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/5/24 – “I saw it [the original Dirty Dancing film] when I was 13,” says Dirty Dancing star Abigail Breslin. “My mom showed it to me. I feel that usually when a parent shows you movie, you’re going to love it…I hate this. But as soon as I saw this I was obsessed. I want to be Baby [the lead character]. My mom was like, if ever they make a remake of Dirty Dancing you would be such a good Baby. I would die if you played Baby. So, I called her. I was like, hey! I was in TJ Max buying towels [when she found out she got the role].”
Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal and Billy Dee Williams, along with rising stars Colt Prattes and J. Quinton Johnson, headline the stellar cast in a new adaptation of the global pop-cultural phenomenon Dirty Dancing.
Based on the original movie filmed in 1987 staring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. ABC has expanded the story to include what happens after summer is over. You learn more about the characters in this version. There are some political themes that were big at the time including women’s rights, economic differences and race covered in the film.
Abigail Breslin as Frances “Baby” Houseman is spending the summer in a Catskills resort with her family. She falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor.
Colt Prattes is dance instructor Johnny Castle, he’s from another world then Baby and her family. He’s had to work for hard his whole life.
They’ve modernized some of the classic songs and added some new songs to the mix. Added to the movie are: Fever and They Can’t Take That Away From Me. They’ve kept the iconic dance scenes in the movie. The Dirty Dancing soundtrack is on iTunes.
ABC is jumping late in the musical remake game and it may be hard for anyone who has a fondness for the original to see anyone but Grey and Swayze in these iconic roles. The fact that they made it longer and try to delve into who the characters are and where they go after the film ends show they knew it would be a difficult sell to audiences. If they had fully modernized the film and changed up some roles it would probably have made a refreshing change.
- Abigail Breslin is Baby Houseman
- Sarah Hyland is Lisa Houseman
- Debra Messing is Marjorie Houseman
- Colt Prattes is Johnny Castle
- Katey Sagal is Vivian Pressman
- Nicole Scherzinger is Penny Rivera
- Bruce Greenwood is Dr. Jake Houseman
- Billy Dee Williams is Tito
- Trevor Einhorn is Neil Kellerman