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VIDEO: Debra Messing Gushes on Starring in Upcoming DIRTY DANCING Reboot

As BWW previously reported, ABC is at work on adapting the hit 1987 film DIRTY DANCING into a three-hour musical broadcast starring Abigail Breslin as Baby and Debra Messing (SMASH) as Baby's mom, Marjorie Houseman.

This morning, the actress stopped by NBC's TODAY to share her excitement over the project. "It's been re-tooled, the character is really interesting and you know, singing and dancing, I mean it's 'Dirty Dancing,' come on!

Watch the appearance below:

Messing is best known for her role on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series "Will & Grace." Messing captivated television audiences worldwide for eight seasons with her comedic brilliance as Grace Adler, an interior designer whose best friend and soul mate is gay. For her work on the popular sitcom, Messing won the 2003 Emmy Award and received five additional Emmy nominations. She earned a total of seven Golden Globe nominations, seven Screen Actors Guild nominations (winning the ensemble award in 2001), two American Comedy Award nominations and one individual People's Choice Award nomination. She also collected TV Guide's Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series honor in 2001.

Most recently, Messing was seen for two seasons (2012-13) on NBC's "Smash," which chronicled the struggles of getting a Broadway production up and running. The drama was executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

In 2014, Messing appeared in the Manhattan Theater Club's winter production of "Outside Mullingar," opposite Brian F. O'Byrne. The play, which opened Jan. 23, 2014 and had its final performance March 16, was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for best play.

Messing portrayed Harper Pitt in the pre-Broadway workshop of Tony Kushner's Tony Award-winning play "Angels in America: Perestroika." She then left New York for Seattle to star as Cecily in "The Importance of Being Earnest" and, upon her return, was cast as both Mary-Louise Parker's and Polly Draper's understudy in the New York premiere of John Patrick Shanley's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play "Four Dogs and a Bone." She next went on to co-star in Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway play "The Naked Truth."

Off-Broadway, she co-starred with Maria Tucci in the highly acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Donald Margulies' "Collected Stories," which premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club and was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

On the big screen, Messing was last seen in "Nothing Like the Holidays" and "The Women," both of which were released in 2008. Messing's film work also includes two romantic comedies, "The Wedding Date," opposite Dermot Mulroney, and the box office hit "Along Came Polly," with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. In 2002, she co-starred in Woody Allen's comedy "Hollywood Ending."

Image courtesy of NBC


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