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ENTERTAINMENT

I had the ‘Time of my Life’ at Dirty Dancing! By Danielle Thompson

Why not start your Bank Holiday in style?

Dirty Dancing Liverpool Empire A COMBINATION of sizzling chemistry as well as mesmerising dancing and stunning rotating sets made the Liverpool Empire production of Dirty Dancing the best version I have ever seen. Having loved the 1987 classic film as a teenager, I am always slightly wary with stage adaptations as I am always nervous that they won't live up to the premise – but trust me, this one goes above and beyond. It is true to the film and tells the classic story of daddy's girl Frances 'Baby' Houseman, aged 17, who goes on holiday at upscale resort Kellerman's with her family. She plans to go into the Peace Corps before she meets and falls in love with the resort's dance instructor Johnny Castle and has her eyes opened to the adult world complete with injustice, social prejudice and dubious ethics. Featuring the classic hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and I've Had The

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Time of My Life, it features a really feel-good vibe with the beautiful sets, spectacular dancing and really clever use of the stage, including the hilarious 'lake' and 'log' scenes which are done in such a tongue-in-cheek way that they make you laugh. The lead dancers, Kira Malou as Baby and Michael O'Reilly as Johnny, have mesmerising chemistry and are very well-matched, adding humorous touches to the role. The 'blonde with the great legs' as another Kellerman's guest describes Penny (played by Simone Covele) - Johnny's childhood sweetheart turned dance

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partner - is concentrated on more in the stage production than the film. When she tells Baby of her fears before her backstreet abortion, she makes the performance so heart-rending that it stays with you afterwards. She is a stand-out star in the production for me. All in all, the stage performance more than lived up to the 'perfect' film version and the time absolutely flew by while we were watching it. Don't miss your chance to see the show – you really will 'have the time of your life.' My star rating: 10/10 – It was the perfect performance

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