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Dirtydancing Avert your eyes if you are pregnant, have heart or back problems or if you experience high blood pressure: Dirty Dancing is coming to the stage near you.

The 1987 flick that starred Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze has been turned into a musical called "Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story on Stage." It will begin a national tour beginning in Chicago on Sept. 2, 2008. (Which I'm pretty sure is the exact date of the apocalypse in the New Testament.) There's even an official website for the production.

"Dirty Dancing" follows several other 80s-era flicks onto a Broadway stage including Footloose, The Color Purple, The Wedding Singer and Hairspray.

The musical already has played to audiences in London, Australia, Germany and New Zealand. The production includes the hit songs from the movies and additional music. It also reportedly expands on the relationship between "Baby" and "Johnny."

"I originally wrote the movie because I love to dance," writer and creator Eleanor Bergstein told "Since the movie opened, the openhearted audience response has made me believe that everyone has a secret dancer inside them; one they feel could connect them to the physical world in the way they dream."

(No word on whether motion-sickness bags are available by the seats, but they should be. I need one right now myself.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:24pm]


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