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Photo Coverage: Dirty Dancing Opens in London

October 25
5:53 PM 2006

Dirty Dancing officially opened last night, October 24th, at the West End's Aldwych Theatre in London. The musical is based on the 1987 film of the same name.  Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joanna Lumley were among the starry arrivals.

Directed by James Powell, the possibly Broadway-bound show stars Georgina Rich (Honour on the West End) as Frances "Baby" Houseman, who while attending a holiday camp, falls for a hunky dance instructor. Dancer Josef Brown, who created the role of Johnny in the previous Australian production of Dirty Dancing, once again plays that role. Brown played opposite Kym Valentine in the musical, which toured after premiering in Sydney in 2004.  Dirty Dancing, which was originally workshopped in New York in 2001, also received a smash production in Hamburg, Germany.

The film's screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein has written Dirty Dancing's libretto. The 1987 movie smash, directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, featured a variety of '60s musical hits, such as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Hungry Eyes," and "Do You Love Me?"  The musical retains many numbers from the film.

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Photos by Retna Ltd.

Arrivals


Judi Dench


Judi Dench


Judi Dench


Judi Dench and Finity Williams


Ian McKellen


Ian McKellen


Ian McKellen


Graham Norton


Judi Dench and Graham Norton


Trisha Goddard


Jenni Falconer


Tamara Beckwith


Georgina Rich


Andrew Lloyd Webber and wife


Josef Brown and guest


Abi Titmuss


Linzi Stoppard


Joanna Lumley


Joanna Lumley


Issy Van Randwyck


Hofit Golan and Scott Henshall


Paula Wilcox


Brendan Cole


Liz Fuller

 

Stage Shots


Georgina Rich and Josef Brown


Josef Brown and Nadia Coote


Josef Brown and Georgina Rich


Nadia Coote and Josef Brown


Josef Brown and Nadia Coote


Georgina Rich and Josef Brown


Josef Brown and Nadia Coote


Josef Brown and Nadia Coote


Josef Brown, Georgina Rich, and Nadia Coote


Georgina Rich and Josef Brown


Georgina Rich

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