Jette told us in March about the evolution of Dirty Dancing from gloriously cheeseball film to equally cheesy stage musical, and the show -- which has already had a run in Australia -- is finally in rehearsals for its London debut. And, frighteningly enough, London has gone wild over it, despite the fact that it isn't even in previews yet: British audiences are so eager to see The Lift in the flesh that they've completely sold out the first six months of the show's upcoming run, making Dirty Dancing (at least by whatever math the BBC's The Ticket uses) one of the most successful West End musicals of all time. Before anyone has seen it. I don't know about you, but I suddenly find myself a little frightened by our English friends.

According to the show's (and movie's) writer, Eleanor Bergstein (Who, by the way, based the screenplay on her own life -- ooooh Eleanor!), the show is more than a piece of fluff. In fact, in her mind, when Johnny interrupts the big posh gala at the end to dance with his lady, he's actually heralding in as big a cultural shift as Bob Dylan did when he sang "A change is gonna come." Seriously, she said that -- I just heard it on the radio. So keep your focus on his mind, not his tight pants, if you please. ...
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