Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dirty Dancing Returns to the West End

You've had the time of your life, and now it's time to have it again. Every woman and most men alive today in the English speaking world has heard of Dirty Dancing. Women swoon over Patrick Swayze on the big screen, and the movie comes together to be an absolute classic that can't go unwatched by any sane soul.
To demonstrate just how popular the movie is, it was the first film to sell over a million copies and the soundtrack itself was such a hit that it generated two platinum albums and received several music awards. That's certainly nothing to sniff at, and this success translated to what all our hearts beat for: musical stage performances.
In 2004, the Dirty Dancing movie was converted to a stage performance in Australia. A raving success, it went on to go on tour around all of Australia and New Zealand, gaining traction with the masses and receiving thousands of requests from around the world to perform in locations such as the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and more.
It was two years later that London was blessed with a tour of performances, with the theatre being sold out for six months every time Dirty Dancing was meant to be performed. And where, you might ask, was this performed? The West End, of course! Aldwych Theatre has been the London host for Dirty Dancing since it arrived, and to this date it holds all the records for theatre performances in the region. One could say that's impressive, and they'd certainly be correct.
Since then, Dirty Dancing had done a UK-wide tour in 2011, with thousands of people begging for it to return in 2012 and now 2013. You guessed it, the 2011 tour broke records too! But if we're on the subject of begging for Dirty Dancing to come back to the stage, let me break some news for you.
It is coming back. In fact, it has come back since the beginning of July and it'll stick around until the beginning of 2014, and you can certainly find your way to the West End of London and have the experience again if you were there in 2006, or have it for the first time in your life and be utterly amazed by the performance, the cast, and the wonderful soundtrack.
Think it'll be at Aldwych Theatre this time around? Nope! The performance is being held at Piccadilly Theatre for the foreseeable future, and the current statistic of "over a million people" is expected to grow quite a bit over the next few months! So what are you waiting for? Be like the wind and get a ticket before they're all gone and have an experience that you'll look back on as, well... the time of your life.

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