The long-awaited blockbusting musical Dirty Dancing has begun a month-long run at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen and mamboed its way into the theatre’s record books.
The worldwide phenomenon smashed the £1million mark in ticket sales earlier this year and is now close to notching up £1.5million to become HMT’s biggest selling show of all time – outselling the two previous best selling shows, last year’s phenomenal We Will Rock You and the 2010 production of The Sound of Music which finished on £1.2m and £1.1m in ticket sales respectively.
The show arrived at His Majesty’s last night (Tuesday) but will be officially opened at the city centre theatre tomorrow night (Thursday) in a flurry of Dirty Dancing shocking pink fever with bunting, balloons, a piper and a pink, rather than a red, carpet.
And it’s going to be the theatre’s biggest show in more ways than one, with increased numbers of Front of House staff, bars stock-piled with a range of pink drinks, from bubbly and cocktails to apple and raspberry juice and the HMT freezers fully-supplied with record-breaking reserves of ice-cream.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday performances are in huge demand and very limited but there are some tickets still available for midweek performances online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and HMT.
“There is a huge amount of excitement about this iconic show coming to His Majesty’s and everyone here is delighted to welcome the Dirty Dancing company to the theatre and to the city,” said Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) chief executive Duncan Hendry.
Headlining this first-ever national tour of Dirty Dancing as one of the most iconic couples in cinematic and theatre history, made famous around the world in the 1987 smash hit movie, are Paul-Michael Jones as Johnny Castle – played in the film by the legendary Patrick Swayze – and Emily Holt as the watermelon carrying idealistic Baby, who discovers love and life in the summer she will never forget.
They share the stage with the sensational Charlotte Gooch, as the professional dancer Penny, a role she has played in both the West End and Berlin productions.
The show includes all the hits from the unforgettable movie soundtrack, such as Do You Love Me?, Hungry Eyes and the Academy Award-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, plus more songs that weren’t on the original recording, making the show a truly extraordinary live experience.