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This has got to be one of the top plays I've seen in a long time. Left felling good . . . so excited I got to see it and want to go again!!!!
Mel Eiteljorge from South Bend, Indiana
Wonderful. Christopher Tierney can both dance and
act. All cast members were great. The final lift made
me cry. I was watching post shoulder surgery but
forgot my pain. I'd go again.
from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
KAREN - BELLE VERNON. FANTASTIC
My son gave me tickets for Mothers Day. Fantastic show. Followed the movie great. The
cast were awesome. Baby and Johnny had great chemistry and looked somewhat like
the original couple. I could have sat through another performance. Hats off to the whole
cast. Thank you so much
Modesta martinez from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Great and very entertaining! Would very
much recommend it!
from Huntsville, Alabama
My husband and I saw Dirty Dancing in Huntsville, AL...It was a fantastic show. The actors/dancers were fabulous. I would love to see it again...
Mike and Nancy Hatten. from Tucson, Arizona
This show was great. It followed the story lines of the movie and the characters fit their roles. I was rolling on
the floor when Lisa did that Hawaiian talent show song and dance. A must see for everybody. Not fit for
children. Many restaurants of all types within walking distance.
from Schenectady, New York
What a fantastic show! The singing, dancing, stage sets, costumes, music were all amazing! Well done!
Alysha from Myerstown, Pennsylvania
I have loved this movie since I was a little girl. I
absolutely think the crew did an amazing job!
This was beyond amazing! I would see it again
& again if I could.
Dorothea Sarteschi from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
My husband and I absolutely loved it. I would
go see it again if it came back. I was in awe
with the dancing and loved the music. I highly
recommend seeing this play and we had
dinner at Fennicci's restaurant in Hershey
before we went there. Dinner was delicious.
A great evening out for anyone. We love the
Hershey Theatre and we are glad that it is
part of our life entertainment. We look
forward to more great plays and
entertainment at the Hershey Theatre in the
JParnell from Richmond, Virginia
DIRTY DANCING DELIVERED!
Terrific show, fun crowd! Fast moving with a great cast and dancing, cool sets and the
voices of Erica Philpot and Nikolaus Colon!! Thanks for a wonderful night.
Araceli Barredez from San Diego, California
Loved the energy, dancing, the cast was simply
amazing. Highly recommend it.
Barb from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WAS AT OPENING NIGHT
Just awesome! Cast just all clicked together!Would see it again thank you!
Tami from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
AN ENJOYABLE EVENING!!
My daughter and I saw the show together and we both loved it. I'm not sure why I expected it to be a musical (slightly disappointed that it wasn't). but the talent and energy of the cast made up for that. I
completely disagree with the previous review stating that the show is not suitable for tweens.. To each their own.
The cast was fun, the music great, and the evening memorable!!
Laura S from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
GREAT SHOW, EXTRA PLOT LINES?
The show itself was great, the singing, dancing and acting was wonderful. I thoroughly
enjoyed it and the adaptation from movie to play. However, the extra plot line for the
MLK speech and freedom riding, the extra interactions of Baby's mother with other
characters, I found very strange, and out of place. Should have kept the original plot
from the movie.
from Richmond, Virginia
SONG AND DANCE
Wow, the singers were fantastic! Looking for their CDS???
Dancing was super as well. I do think the movie is more dramatic than the
play but in general it stayed true to the film. I did not eat downtown, but
there are many wonderful restaurants close by on Main St. Not sure if this
is the best show for children; it probably depends on the maturity of the
Kiersten Brown from Richmond, Virginia
Compared to the movie, the dancing and music were excellent, but the acting lacked passion from the movie. Lines seemed rushed and not genuine. Also the MLK scene wasn't in the movie and made it seem awkward and not necessary. Loved Lisa's hula dance and the final dance!
Liz from Cape May, NJ
IT WAS OK
I really enjoyed the sets and the dancing . The
singing was good, but the microphones
needed to be turned down a little volume wise.
At times when the singers hit their high notes I
felt I needed to cover my ears. I wasn’t crazy
about the extra story lines and I feel they
dragged it out a bit. And some of the acting
lacked emotion, like the dad. Overall I enjoyed
the play, I don’t think I would see it again
Patricia Hays from Boston, Massachusetts
We saw the show in Boston at the Schubert Theatre.
The first half was very stilted ma
And just did not flow. The lead singer had a nice voice but it sounded
like she was shouting. this could have been the acoustics or the sound
person not making the appropriate adjustments.
Second act moved along more quickly and the dancing was great, the
line nobody puts baby in the corner just seemed out of place
Rebecca from Spokane, Washington
Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies of
all time but taking this story to the stage fell
short of achieving the emotional journey I
was expecting. The set designs were well
done and the dancing was commendable.
However, the acting was not what I have
come to expect from these Best of Broadway
productions. Kaleigh Courts, "Baby," did a
good job of delivering her lines but would
have been more successful if other actors
had put as much emotion into their
characters as she did. Aaron Patrick Craven
was a wonderful dancer but not as sincere in
his line delivery as he could have been.
Nickolaus Colon as Kostecki was very good.
His voice was the show stopper! "Penny"
was played well by Anais Blake but it was her
dancing that really set her apart. The sound
system was horrible, either too loud or not
audibly clear. One of my favorite scenes was
the lift lesson in the water - great adaptation.
All in all I was disappointed. Not for under 13
and not worth the money.
Eric from Kansas City, Missouri
NOT FOR THE STAGE
I went with low expectations based on feelings I had from video previews. I didn't
set my expectations low enough, because this production was sincerely one of the
worst plays/musicals I've seen and I have viewed plenty. The show is overlong and is
void of any real purpose, sincerity and emotion. The lines were peformed in a very
passive and unfeeling manner, making every scene feel thin and empty. The
transitions between beats and scenes were extraordinarily bad. The changes were
very awkward and made things feel disjointed. The only redeeming factors in the
show were the music, excellent choreography and scenic backdrops. Beyond that, I
did not enjoy Dirty Dancing. Some stories aren't meant to be adapted for the stage
and this is one of them (along with The Bodyguard). Broadway has dropped its
standards way down for this to get a green light. It needs a ton of retooling. I was
Kristi H from Chicago, Illinois
UNNECESSARY CHANGES TO PLOT
As a whole, the dancing was FANTASTIC. Dr. Houseman was poorly cast to say the least.
They added many political plot lines that were totally unnecessary, adding scenes and
rushing through others. The "teaching" of baby was terribly rushed, and disjointed.
This is the 3rd time I've see the play version of Dirty Dancing, and was sorely
C,MARSHALL from Syracuse, New York
WHILE THE DANCING WAS EXCELLENT, THE STORY DID NOT TRANSLATE WELL FROM A
MOVIE TO THE STAGE. THE ACTING WAS, AT TIMES, AWFUL, ESPECIALLY BABY'S FATHER.
THE SCRIPT WAS WEAK, TRANSITIONS WERE AWFUL. iT SEEMED THAT TOO MUCH WAS
PACKED INTO THIS STAGE PRODUCTION., i HAVE TO SAY, IT IS MY LEAST FAVORITE
BROADWAY SHOW. THE EXCELLENT DANCING MADE UP FOR THE WEAKNESSES, WHICH
ARE TOO MANY TO LIST.
CB from Spokane, Washington
DANCING WAS ONLY GOOD THING
Dancing and the few live singing numbers were
great but everything else fell flat. Easy to tell
that the performers were dancers and not
actors. So disappointed in the performance.
They need to rework the script and make the
story flow. It felt like they needed to get all the
iconic lines into the production and left off the
character development and transitions. I saw
the production of Flashdance and it was
phenomenal! I wasn’t a fan of the movie, but
loved the musical! The production stayed true
to the spirit of the movie making changes so it
would work on Broadway. Dirty Dancing
directors and producers- maybe you need to
take some notes on how to adapt for
Sara from Schenectady, New York
Kevin Patrick Craven's acting saved the show.
He was true to character, as were Demitra
Pace, Rick Grossman and Owen Russell. The
show was disappointing, to say the least,
from a true DD fan. They failed to capture
the nuances that made the movie so
amazing. "Baby" and the romance between
her and "Johnny", we're depicted in a
seemingly caricature form. No chemistry
and awkward transitions. The portrayal of
Baby's character was two dimensional at
best, whether by the writers or acting, or
both. She had a spirit and grit that
developed in the movie as she grew into a
young woman of confidence and passion,
despite her awkwardness at times. The play
failed to capture that, and instead, made her
a comedy sketch. Baby's and Johnny's
journey as individuals and a couple were a
central part of the story, for me. The play
missed the mark, in more than one way.
Anonymous from Little Rock, Arkansas
I too felt like it would be a tribute to
the movie. The overall production
was small with respect to the
number in the cast, costuming, the
dance numbers and the music. The
dialogue with slow, not nearly as
entertaining as the movie. The
sound in the theater was good and
the orchestra was wonderful, thank
goodness. There were a few good
comedic moments that made
remaining for the entire play doable. .
The tickets were given to me by
friends. I'm glad that I didn't have to
pay for that. I am appreciative of my
friends generosity, of course.
Robinson auditorium is a newly
renovated venue that is enjoyable.
There are several wonderful
restaurants in the nearby area.
Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FIFTY SHADES OF DIRTY DANCING
So disappointing. Not a family show, and not suitable for children 10 and up. I saw the movie as a young teen, loved it. This show focused on dancing simulating sex acts, much more risqué than the
movie. The description should have stated that so parents could make a more informed decision. I would have left the kids at home. The many drunk people in the amphitheater appreciated those
dances, as they were yelling out their appreciation. More suitable for girls night out. Again, the description was not accurate. Only little bits of some original movie songs were included, and the more
traditional dances seemed like an afterthought.
Allison from Little Rock, Arkansas
PATRICK SWAYZE IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE, YA'LL!
This performance was so disappointing and at times laughable....but not in a good
way. It was like a caricature of the movie and the characters. Overacting was key
to the laughable moments. They took Baby's endearing character and made her
look like a moron. Johnny was stiff and over done with just too much over
Adding in the story line of Mrs Houseman and the MLK movement was awkward
and distracting. To follow the dialogue/script/acting exactly throughout the key
parts of the play, but then add in additional scenes and dialogue was just plain
unnecessary and strange. On a positive note: we loved watching the
performances of Penny and Baby's sister Lisa. Both roles were well cast and well
Greg Dodd from Palm Desert, California
NOT EVEN CLOSE.
We attended opening night last night
expecting a tribute to the iconic film. We
wish we could say it was worth it but
couldn't wait for the intermission so we
could leave. Not even close to various
productions of Jersey Boys Boys or Mama
Mia. Very disappointed but we still love the
from Edmonton, Alberta
SAVE YOUR MONEY
We left at intermission. We thought we were going to see dancing and instead we watched a movie that had a band. The singers sat on the stools for most of the first half with the movie playing in the background. It was not entertaining at all.
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