Stage version of hit film could move to N.Y.
“Dirty Dancing” may dance its way into Broadway’s Neil Simon Theater next fall.No official plans have been confirmed, but legiters are hearing the hit stage version of the 1987 pic has set its sights on the Rialto venue that “Hairspray,” set to shutter in January, has occupied since July 2002. A Gotham run of “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story Onstage,” which opened earlier this week in Chi, has long been a no-brainer. Show already has proved popular in hit runs in Hamburg, London and Toronto. Chi engagement, which stars Amanda Leigh Cobb and Josef Brown, is billed as pre-Broadway, although no firm timeline was announced. Production, penned by Eleanor Bergstein based on her screenplay, hews closely to the plot of the movie, centering on a romance in the Catskills in 1963. Songs from the pic are used in the show, although since none of the lead actors sing, the legit version will not necessarily be considered a musical. If “Dancing” does in fact end up at the Neil Simon in the fall, it would likely give the Nederlander Org, which owns the venue, time to book a limited engagement of another show during the interim between the shuttering of “Hairspray” and the start of “Dancing.”
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