REVIEW: Theatre-goers had time of their lives at Dirty Dancing in Sheffield

Dirty Dancing is on in Sheffield this week
Dirty Dancing is on in Sheffield this week
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Theatre-goers had the time of their lives when the stage version of one of the most defining films of the 1980s came to Sheffield.

Theatre-goers had the time of their lives when the stage version of one of the most defining films of the 1980s came to Sheffield.
Thirty years on since the hit film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, broke Box Office records, the jump to the stage at The Lyceum is a nostalgic treat for fans.
Think of all the iconic scenes and lines from the big screen and this version does not disappoint.
Whether it’s “Nobody puts Baby in the corner,” “I carried a water melon” or “Come here lover boy,” which make you smile, they are all in there.
Add to that the soundtrack complete with I’ve Had The Time Of My Life and Hungry Eyes, and you will be immediately transported back to 1987, when teens everywhere wanted to be Jonnie and Baby.
Telling the story of how a middle-class American girl falls for a holiday camp entertainer with a reputation, the stage version practically mirrors the film scene for scene.
Perfectly executed dance scenes, including edgy numbers by the holiday camp staff and Jonnie and Baby’s rehearsals showcase a talented cast headed by Robert Colvin and Katie Eccles playing the lead roles.
Carlie Milner, playing dancer Penny, also adds quality to the line-up with her experience obvious in her routines.
With an electric on-stage chemistry needed to bring the love affair to life, they prove to be the perfect pairing, culminating in a polished take on the final dance scene in the film, where the pair go public with their romance.
With the most iconic Dirty Dancing moment undoubtedly when Baby is lifted above Jonnie’s head in their final dance together, the stage version delivers - to rapturous applause.
With theatre-goers on their feet and dancing in the aisles for the final scene and the finale numbers, Dirty Dancing proves to still have it three decades on.