Dirty Dancing Cleans Up at the Box Office in UK

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Dirty Dancing, the musical which is set to move into the West End’s Aldwych Theatre on Oct. 24 with previews from Sept. 29, has reportedly broken records with £3 million (over $5 million) worth of tickets sold within six weeks of the box office opening.

The news comes as producers of the stage version of the 1987 Patrick Swayze film continue to hold London auditions for the lead roles of Baby and Johnny.

In Sydney, Australia, where the production made its debut in 2004, the show broke box office records with ticket sales close to a million.

For the musical, writer Eleanor Bergstein has stayed loyal to her own movie script, setting the action in an American holiday camp during the 1960s.

In the film Jennifer Grey starred as the teenage Frances “Baby” Houseman who falls for Swayze’s rough, tough dance instructor Johnny Castle. The show will feature the film’s Oscar-winning song “The Time Of My Life”.

Speaking to London’s Independent newspaper, producer Kevin Jacobsen described Bergstein’s story as a gift to the theatre world. “It feels like its home should always have been on stage”, he said. Meanwhile, auditions continue to search for the new Babe and Johnny.

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