VH1 trots out original ‘Music’

Telepic choreographed by 'Dirty Dancing's' Ortega

VH1 has greenlit “When the Music Stops,” an original movie starring Annabeth Gish and “One Life to Live’s” Kamar de los Reyes.

Choreographed by Kenny Ortega, pic is inspired by such feature films as “Dirty Dancing,” which has been a ratings powerhouse during its airings on the cable network. Ortega also choreographed “Dirty Dancing” and is teaching Gish to dance for her role in the movie, described as a dance-filled romantic drama that unfolds inside the world of salsa dancing.

“When the Music Stops” is a project the net has been looking to do for quite a while, said VH1’s VP of motion pictures for TV Michael Larkin.

“We acquired ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and everyone keeps turning that back on. People look at it like a song they love and want to see again,” Larkin said. “Movies like that, or ‘Fame’ or ‘Footloose’ or ‘Flashdance,’ they may be corny movies, but audiences love them so much; so we developed ‘When the Music Stops.’ ”

Duane G. Adler, who penned “Save the Last Dance,” wrote the script. Randy Robinson and Wilshire Court Prods. are producing. Ron Lagomarsino is directing.

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