PEORIA — Thirty years after its big screen debut, "Dirty Dancing" is coming to Peoria on stage at the Peoria Civic Center on Nov. 28 and 29.
The live experience stage performance features the movie's heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, the timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”
The story takes place in the summer of 1963, at a resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Frances "Baby" Houseman, 17, is on vacation with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown into the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.
Eleanor Bergstein was the film's screen writer and book writer for the stage production.
“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” Bergstein said, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more physically in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was theater — live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present — on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s."
"Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more scenes with Baby and Johnny, more about the family, more about the period in which it was set, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, best of all — more dancing."
The stage production includes 20 new original scenes and 36 numbers of live music played by an eight piece band onstage.