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“Better than the film” – Reviewing Dirty Dancing at Hull New Theatre

Last night was something special. As I stepped into Hull New Theatre for the opening performance of “Dirty Dancing,” the classic story that danced its way through London before arriving here, I felt a flicker of anticipation. Would this live show capture the film that’s so close to my heart? By the end, I couldn’t help but admit it had surpassed all my expectations.

It was surreal, watching something “so realistic to the film” yet so vibrant. It wasn’t just the story of Baby and Johnny brought to life; it was as if the entire essence of that summer at Kellerman’s had been transplanted into Hull, with every emotion magnified. The connection between the characters, the chemistry in their dance—it all felt incredibly present, almost tangible.

The music, oh, the music—it was a nostalgic journey that somehow stayed anchored in the moment. Those iconic songs like “Hungry Eyes” and “Do You Love Me?” wove through the story, each one stirring memories and creating new ones. The singers were absolutely incredible! 

And when “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” played, and the lift we’d all been waiting for happened, it was more than just a re-enactment; it was a triumphant celebration. The cast were well deserving of the standing ovation we all offered them.

I’ve always said nothing could be better than my favourite film. But last night, something magical happened. This live version didn’t just match up to the cherished classic – it actually went a step further. 

It was a bold, heartfelt tribute that managed to make the beloved story even more impactful.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss it while it’s here. Dirty Dancing at Hull New Theatre isn’t just a musical; it’s a reminder of how extraordinary stories can become even more enchanting when they’re shared right in front of you. 

It’s on until Saturday 18th November – be there, and be ready to have the time of your life.

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