Here’s What The ‘Dirty Dancing’ Cast Looks Like 30 Years Later

For the past 30 years, viewers have been having the time of their lives, as they’ve been able to watch “Dirty Dancing” over and over again. The film that gave the world “the lift,” which has been recreated by celebrity couples and other movie couples, turned 30 years old on Monday (Aug. 21). It’s not only given us this dance move, but also a great soundtrack, a fun sequel, as well as an interesting TV movie remake. All that aside, there’s nothing quite like going back to where it all began, the original movie with the original cast. Keep reading to find out what those actors and actresses have been up to in the years following the film’s release. Jennifer Grey (Baby Houseman) In the last 30 years, no one’s even thought to put Grey in the corner. The 57-year-old actress planted a seed in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” bloomed in “Dirty Dancing,” and has continued to grow since. Movie after movie, show after show, Grey has been steadily working in Hollywood and shows no signs of stopping. Most recently, she played Judy Meyers in Amazon’s “Red Oaks” series and now she has two films on their way, “Untogether” with Jamie Dornan and the animated flick “Duck Duck Goose” with Zendaya. Besides acting, Grey also competed on season 11 of “Dancing With the Stars” and won. Actress Jennifer Grey, pictured in 2016 at the Amazon 2016 Summer TCA Press Tour. Photo: Getty Images Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle) Whether it was “Dirty Dancing” or “Ghost,” the way he swayed made everyone swoon.  There was no stopping it once Swayze entered the screen. Plus, the way he danced was so iconic that he starred in another dance film “One Last Dance,” with Lisa Niemi in 2003. He also had a cameo as a dance instructor in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” the 2004 film starring Diego Luna and Romola Continue Reading

‘Dirty Dancing’ musical gives the same thrill as the movie, but different

There are certain crowd noises you’re used to hearing in live theatre. The occasional laugh. The appropriate applause break. Maybe a nondescript cheer in a production’s livelier moments. If you attended Friday’s opening night performance of “Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story On Stage” at the Lexington Opera House, you heard some that you might not expect, like excited whoops, near-lusty hollers and at least one enthusiastic female shouting “Go, ‘Baby,’ go!” In a theater very much comprised of die-hard fanatics of the original 1987 classic film starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, this is what you heard during the production’s climactic dance ending when a memorable line, lyric, melody or dance move either took the spotlight or all came together to hit much of the audience in the ways they were hoping for. While the Broadway touring production of “Dirty Dancing” was thorough fan service, it also turned out to be a solid and effective musical theatre experience to casual fans or even unfamiliar theatergoers. The production used minimal set pieces, some grainy photograph landscapes, well-placed backdrops and a few iconic props to recreate the setting of the family vacation Frances “Baby” Houseman (played by Kaleigh Courts) took to Kellerman’s vacation resort in 1963, only to find both a dance and romantic partner in the resort’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (played by Austin Patrick Craven). It was just one of several ways that the production was less of screen-to-stage adaptation and more like taking an iconic album and turning it into a mostly excellent mixtape. The elements that are essential to “Dirty Dancing” were there. Sometimes, the script, choreography and the film’s popular soundtrack (played by an eight-piece band off stage) were performed in a way that was exactly like the original movie while other times they were Continue Reading

She wasn’t even a ‘Baby’ when ‘Dirty Dancing’ came out. Now she stars in the stage show.

Kaleigh Courts wasn’t obsessed with the classic 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing.” In fact, at 22 years old, she wasn’t even a baby when the movie came out in 1987. But thanks to her family, she had plenty of indirect exposure to the film. Kaleigh Courts was born about eight years after “Dirty Dancing” was released in theaters. Lexington Opera House “I wasn’t actually allowed to sit down and watch it ’til I was older,” Courts said. “My mom and sister are obsessed with it. Growing up, I was always hearing, ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner.’” After its 30th anniversary in 2017, the characters, choreography, music and timeless story of “Dirty Dancing” has been taken from the screen to the road in “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage,” which comes to the Lexington Opera House for five performances this weekend. The Broadway touring production of “Dirty Dancing” holds true to the cinematic version’s original story, which centers around 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman (Courts) and her family going off to a vacation resort in the Catskill Mountains in 1963. She finds herself intrigued by and attracted to the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Aaron Patrick Craven). Despite their vastly different backgrounds and upbringings, the two develop chemistry both on the dance floor and romantically, as Johnny is encouraged to teach Baby to dance when his regular dance partner is unable to perform — one of many circumstances and challenges their love for each other must overcome so they can be together. Kaleigh Courts and Aaron Patrick Craven star in the national tour of the stage adaptation of “Dirty Dancing.” Jeremy Daniel “Dirty Dancing” was adapted to the stage in 2004, with original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein penning the stage story. Continue Reading

See ‘Dirty Dancing’ live, more LI fun this weekend

By Lynn Petry and Ann Smukler Updated January 4, 2018 2:27 PM Looking for things to do on Long Island? We’ve rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk. Lunch and learn about the 'Fool the Eye' exhibit Join museum docent Riva Ettus for a talk on the musem's current exhib, "Fool the Eye."  You're invited to bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch in the Saltzman Fine Art Building.  A daily tour of the exhibit follows at 2 p.m. If you miss this one, the next Brown Bag lecture is Feb. 1. WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor INFO 516-484-9338, ADMISSION Free with museum admission: $12, ($4 ages 4-12) Model train display at Old Babylon Town Hall The is the last weekend to catch the magic of the holiday model train display at the Old Babylon Town Hall (47 W. Main St.).  Look for recognizable community landmarks throughout this 240-square-foot layout.  A favorite feature is kids being able to take the controls of the layout and play engineer. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, Saturday Jan. 6, and Sunday Jan. 7. INFO 631-587-3750,  ADMISSION Free   'Dirty Dancing' comes alive on the Tilles stage Has it been that long? The national Broadway tour of "Dirty Dancing" celebrates the film's 30th anniversary with a musical staged production. Listen for all the songs and scenes that bring back the memories of that summer in the Catskills. It's 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at LIU Post's Tilles Center in Brookville INFO 516-299-3100, ADMISSION $49-$89   Winter concert at Port Jefferson Village Center Their range is wide and their songs recognizable.  Head to the Port Jefferson Village Center at 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 5, to hear Two Dons and Susan Continue Reading

Nicole Scherzinger dishes on the live TV reboot of ‘Dirty Dancing’

Nicole Scherzinger will have the time of her life when ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” reboot premieres, with her playing a prominent role. And the former Pussycat Doll hopes this part serves as a springboard for bigger things. “When the opportunity presents itself with the right roles I cannot wait to do more films, especially movie musicals, because I come from the theater,” the 38-year-old triple-threat entertainer (inset) told us at the PaleyLive screening of “Dirty Dancing” in Los Angeles. She feels the part will “absolutely” point her in that direction. But remaking the 1987 camp classic in the role of Baby’s dance instructor — a character originally defined by Cynthia Rhodes — wasn’t easy. “It is funny. When I first started the film I had no creative control so I was like, I hate this,” she said. “I would go home and cry for the first week of filming. And the second or third week, then something clicked and I was like, oh, I have caught the bug — there is no turning back.” Some critics feel there’s good reason to hate this movie, though Scherzinger has been pretty well received. Variety calls it a “sappy, passionless, schlocky remake of the original, without even the iota of imagination necessary to expand upon the 1987 film.” The review does go out of its way to say: “Penny is played with surprising grace by the multitalented Nicole Scherzinger.” opined “the project isn’t all bad” in a review that argues ABC didn’t know what made the original special. While Scherzinger looks forward to the next project, she assures us, “I am truly grateful for this role.” There’s been a lot of buzz that Scherzinger, who won the 10th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” is a front-runner for the lead role in a film Continue Reading

‘Dirty Dancing,’ the ABC reboot and faux feminism

ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” didn’t put Baby in the corner, but it didn’t exactly give her much to work with. The remake of the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey classic stuck with the original script almost line-for-line — for better or worse. Abigail Breslin and newcomer Colt Prattes did admirable jobs filling in for their predecessors, but without any of the steam or sexual tension of the 1987 movie. Debra Messing can hold a note — remember “Smash?” — and Bruce Greenwood plays a standoffish man with the best of them. Katey Sagal was baffling out of place, but hey, everyone needs a paycheck. But where ABC went wrong was extending the “Dirty Dancing” universe. Baby’s feminism is supposed to be her defining characteristic. Look, she’s reading “The Feminine Mystique!” She’s going to be a surgeon! Sister Lisa (Sarah Hyland) just wants a husband and kids, but Baby is going to have a career! Except, she didn’t. The remake opens on Baby walking into a Broadway theater showing, you guessed it, “Dirty Dancing.” Three hours later, minus a few minutes and a whole bunch of commercials, we come back to the theater that you completely forgot about and pan in on Baby’s tear-stained face. As she gets up to leave, Johnny calls her name. He directed the choreography — a throwaway suggestion from ’80s-era Baby. The former love-struck teens clearly haven’t seen each other in a while, but we get no explanation. Was it just a summer fling? Did they have a fight? Does it matter? All that matters, it turns out, is that Baby is married with a kid. That’s the new ending we get from this feisty feminist from the Catskills Resort: she got her husband and baby. Feminism, co-opted by Hollywood to explain away female characters Continue Reading

SEE IT: Tennessee boy, 8, performs Patrick Swayze’s moves from ‘Dirty Dancing’

He's having the time of his life. A fancy-free Tennessee boy has become a web sensation after video of him performing the “Dirty Dancing” finale went viral. Charlie was caught on camera wiggling his waist exactly like Patrick Swayze as he copied the steps from the classic ’80s movie. With the film playing on his Knoxville home's living room TV, the 8-year-old perfectly mimicked all the moves. His mom, Lainie Kristina, then uploaded the clip to Facebook, where's it's since been viewed more than 11 million times. "It's one of my favorite movies and they were showing it at a historic theater in Knoxville this past August, and my husband and I went to see it," she told BuzzFeed. "Since the movie had the name 'dancing' in it Charlie insisted on watching it the next day at home," she added. After 10-12 more viewings, he'd picked up the steps well enough to copy the entire dance. The young boy started watching Michael Jackson videos when he was 3 and was soon imitating the moves, his mom said. "He hasn't stopped performing since then," she added. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. Continue Reading

Talking ‘Divas’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’ with Franke Previte

Franke Previte came to town to talk "Dirty Dancing" and "Divas."The Academy Award-winning songwriter was the featured guest at the inaugural Asbury Park Press On the Mic event April 2 at the Art 629 gallery in Asbury Park."It's people that I know, that you should know, who have talent," said Previte of "Decades of Divas," which plays Saturday, April 11, at the Strand Theatre in Lakewood. "It's a little diamond of a theater, just over a thousand seater — up close — you're on top of the entertainers.""Decades of Divas," produced by Previte, features Lisa Sherman, who's wowed them from Broadway to New Zealand, and a group of A-list Shore singers including Reagan Richards of Wiliams Honor; Layonne Holmes, who has backed Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi; Eryn Shewell, a Shore jazz and blues chartreuse; and Jilly Sentino, who's backed everyone from Felipe Rose of the Village People to Gloria Gaynor.The band is led by local legend Gerald Carboy of Bayville."It's a fun walk down memory lane, from the '40s to the good music of that big band stuff, right up to Adele and Donna Summer — it's fun," Previte said. "The best part of the show is the girls when they sing."Previte covered a number of topics during his hour On the Mic, which was moderated by yours truly.The full house was transfixed, especially by Previte's telling of how he wrote "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" for the soundtrack of "Dirty Dancing" with John DeNicola."I'm on the Parkway, Exit 140, and I have a cassettte playing, and I'm gonig 'nah na, night of my life; a min min of my life' — what am I hell am saying?" Previte said. "So I scribble on an envelope, going off the road, 'I've had the time of my life' and that's how that song was created."The Man upstairs wrote that song." Chris Jordan: [email protected]: Decades of Divas featuring Lisa ShermanWHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11WHERE: Strand Center or the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave, LakewoodINFO: $29 to $59. 732-367-7789; Continue Reading

‘Dirty Dancing’ musical at ASU Gammage 2/17-22

Eleanor Bergstein, the writer of "Dirty Dancing," is well aware that some might think a stage musical based on her hit movie to be utterly superfluous.She used to be one of them."I refused for years," she says. "It's such an open-hearted, loyal, beautiful audience. I'm so grateful to them and so beholden to them, and the last thing I wanted to do was charge them money to see it again."She changed her mind after the film, a romantic coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1963, was aired on television in an all-day marathon and fans watched it over and over again."I tried to examine what that meant," Bergstein says. "And it's not because you're watching the greatest movie ever made. I know everything that's wrong with it. I think that something happens to people while they watch it that has to do with their connection with the world, and they want in some way to be there while it's happening. And if that's the case, then live theater is its natural form.""Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage" premiered in 2004 in Australia and began touring in the States three years later. It visits Tempe's ASU Gammage Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 17-22. Review: 'Dirty Dancing' is a crowd-pleaser but it lacks the irony of the filmFeaturing music from the movie including the signature song, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," the show is, without apology, fueled by nostalgia, both for the 1987 film and for the historical moment in which it's set, when America was on the cusp of the sweeping social changes of the 1960s.Bergstein wrote the original screenplay based on her youthful experiences in the world of ballroom dancing, although it is not — as she has been telling folks for 25 years — the story of her life. The main character is high-school grad Frances "Baby" Houseman, played in the film by Jennifer Grey, who is vacationing with her family at a resort in the Catskills in New York. She strikes up a romance with her dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Continue Reading

Week in entertainment: ’24: Legacy,’ ‘Dirty Dancing’ turns 30

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story a giveaway was mentioned that has now expired.Plan your week in entertainment with these highlights and pop-culture milestones: MONDAY, 2/6Watch:24: Legacy debuts after the Super Bowl this weekend but nestles into its regular time slot of 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. A spinoff from the original 24, the show follows a day in the life of war hero Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) that involves stopping a potential terrorist attack. TUESDAY, 2/7View: Has it really been 30 years since we first fell for Baby and Johnny? Have the time of your life at home with Dirty Dancing: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The limited  box set includes bonus material. WEDNESDAY, 2/8See: Bon Jovi hits Greenville, S.C., the first stop on a This House Is Not for Sale tour. The 20-city tour hits  Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles   and Denver. THURSDAY, 2/9Attend:Already in previews, Sunset Boulevard has its official opening night on Broadway.  Glenn Close returns for a limited engagement to both Broadway and the role of Norma Desmond, which won her a Tony for best actress in a musical in 1995. FRIDAY, 2/10See: Just in time for Valentine's Day, Fifty Shades Darker  hits theaters nationwide. The second installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy finds Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan)still navigating a taut relationship. Continue Reading