Have the Time of Your Life

DD10It’s getting hot on the dance floor! Samuel Pergande (Johnny) and Jillian Mueller (Baby) sizzle in the Broadway Sacramento presentation of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. (Photo by Matthew Murphy.)

What better Christmas gift for mom than tickets to a Broadway Sacramento show? As we made our way into the Community Center Theater for opening night, my mom and I discovered that neither of us had ever seen the movie version of Dirty Dancing from start to finish — just caught clips of it on TV. Seen by millions across the globe, we were intrigued to finally see it live on stage. (I heard nobody can put Baby in a corner…)

As expected, the dancing was as mesmerizing as ever. Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller as Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman wow the crowd with every two-step. I am always in awe of dancers, who are capable of moving with such grace. My dance moves most resemble Baby’s jerky flails as she receives her first dance lesson from Johnny. (Though, while Baby makes progress on her dancing; my skills stop there.)

If the dancing doesn’t make you want to get out of your seat, surely the music will. The love story takes you back to the 80s with hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”

The show continues daily through January 4, 2015, and tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (916) 557-1999.

Note: For anyone who attended the cancelled December 26 show, the set issues have been resolved. Broadway Sacramento will refund your money or exchange your tickets for a different performance (subject to availability).

**This review was written by Sacramento365.com guest writer, Alison Kranz.


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