Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dirty Dancing @ PlayhouseSquare

Through March 22, 2015
Connor Palace, PlayhouseSquare, 216-241-6000

Bob Abelman

When the dancing stops and the dry ice settles, it is clear that “Dirty Dancing” is merely a color-by-number musical whose fanatical devotion to the duplication of the movie's storyline and cinematic sensibilities is more disorienting and disappointing than engaging.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here

Roy Berko

If you go to see DIRTY DANCING THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE expecting the emotional and sensual overload that many experienced from the film, you will be very disappointed.  The only way to watch this touring production is to sit back, take the unspectacular staging, the mediocre acting and dancing, and soap opera story for what it is.  The opening night audience slowly got to its feet as the curtain call proceeded.  Was the show that good?  No, but take into consideration this is Cleveland.  Cleveland, the home of  polite people who stand at the end of almost every show, deserving or not.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

The 1987 film "Dirty Dancing" captured viewers' hearts and imaginations with its incredible dancing and the undeniable chemistry of its stars — Patrick Swayze as Johnny and Jennifer Grey as Baby.  
"Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage" tries to keep the love going but fell flat Wednesday night at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace. That’s because Gillian Abbott, who just assumed the role of Baby for the Cleveland run, and swing Josh Drake, filling in as Johnny for Samuel Pergande who’s suffering from a hand injury, had very little chemistry together Wednesday night.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Mark Horning

While any opinion will do little to change the guaranteed sellout that this production will enjoy, go see this badly acted show for the music and some dance but don’t expect to be wowed.           

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey

Dirty Dancing is a hybrid musical that gives you more than your money’s worth in terms of visual and auditory pizzazz. And, you know, it has the iconic bits: "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life" and the swan dive lift. But if you’re looking for the unvarnished heart of the original, you can find that on Netflix.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan

Andrea Simakis

"Dirty Dancing" onstage is as critic-proof as the flick was when it opened in theaters nearly 30 years ago. (For the record, this reviewer has been known to draw the shades, ignore phone calls and abandon dinner plans upon encountering a "Dirty Dancing" cable marathon.)

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit here.

Art Thomas

You'll see some great dancing, with duplications of the poses and images from the movie. There's the addition of two key songs given to a pair of feisty singers. The plot line remains thin and the cartoonish nature of the show indicates that no one takes it too seriously....which is how it should be. 
Click here to read the complete review at WestLife