23 October to 8 November 2014
Reviewed by Dorothy White
I don’t think I have ever seen Milton Keynes Theatre so crowded as it was last night for Dirty Dancing! Great excitement, great expectations. Probably the majority of the audience had already seen the film, I hadn’t, but I don’t think it disappointed anybody!
Live, music, fantastic choreography and vocals! Simple authentic costumes for day and evening attire for both the guests and the employees, they were after all on holiday.
The scenery was very cleverly thought out with a part revolving stage, from which walls, rooms and doors appeared as necessary. Scenes were projected onto the stage and even the wings including parts of the original film. We were magically taken from the guests area to the employees area.
Baby Houseman played by Roseanna Frascona with Johnny Castle played by Gareth Bailey, one tiny, one tall, but they fitted together perfectly, both great dancers.
Johnny patiently taught Baby how to do the Merengue. The scenes in the water were both humorous and spectacular, all the audience loved them! Their dance at the hotel was great with baby very unsure of herself, she missed the lift!
Baby’s sister, Lisa, played by Jessie-Lou Yates’ singing was great, so funny and unexpected. Mum Houseman played last night by Sarah Cortez and dad, Dr Houseman played by James Coombes, plus Lisa’s ‘boyfriend’ Robbie, Francis Haugen and Penny Johnson played by Claire Rogers all played their parts brilliantly. Max Kellerman, his nephew Neil Kellerman, Tito and the rest of the cast, too numerous to mention, were all fantastic and added greatly to the enjoyment.
The dance routines were highly energetic, it was fantastic to see my granddaughter’s face, she couldn’t believe it when one dancer put her leg over her shoulder in splits! Wonderful soloists, great vocals all round! In all a great night for dance and song.
The final dance ‘I’ve Had the Time of my Life with Baby and Johnny was absolutely fantastic. The lift at the end had the audience cheering and clapping. The majority of the audience were on their feet for the curtain calls. As I left I could see the theatre had been filled to the brim.
A fantastic, wonderful, spectacular show with great singing, dancing and live music. Don’t miss it! I can thoroughly recommend it.
Tickets cost from £12.90 to£79.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Dirty Dancing is at the Milton Keynes Theatre until 8 November 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ