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Dirty Dirty Dancing The Movie In Concert: Truly raucous and overtly fun ★★★★

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you’ve been to one of the many events featuring live orchestral accompaniments to screenings of famous films, that have been so trendy for the last couple of years, then Dirty Dancing In Concert still has some surprises for you! 

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the film, fans of the classic film are being given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of ‘Dirty Dancing’. A complete screening of the digitally remastered film will play as a band and singers perform the songs live, in sync with the film.

While other screenings – think Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter – are more about using the subtle orchestral swells and crescendos to add to the atmosphere of the film, Dirty Dancing In Concert creates an atmosphere that is a truly raucous and overtly fun one.  

The large band, replete with a saxophonist (the standout performer, we thought) guitarists and multiple singers, are just as much the stars of the show here as Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, playing along to every single bit of music in the movie. And by that we don’t just mean the hits you’d expect! Although those are obviously the numbers that ended up bringing the house down, the band play along to all the music that you hear in the film, even reproducing music playing on a car radio. 

It’s more akin to a Massaoke event than the usual orchestral rendition of a film score at a screening, and it’s all the more fun for it!   

The audience were on their feet for a lot of the film and it felt more like a screening of Rocky Horror than Harry Potter, which is not a bad thing for a film about dancing. 

The event is a fun way to spend an evening, with lots of drinks flowing and the audience clearly having a great time.  

After the film you get a bonus treat too, with an after-party that consists of the band playing every hit song from the film in a dedicated set. In some of the performances, the singers danced according to the choreography from the film, with none of the distractions of the film, so that nothing can stop you from belting out ‘Time Of My Life’ and ‘Hungry Eyes’ with hundreds of other Dirty Dancing super fans. 

The only criticism we’d have, and it’s a small one, is that for the first half or so of the film, the mix of the band was a bit too low to be heard over the film. This switched in the second half, and it became difficult to hear some of the dialogue in the film over the band. But this is minor nit-picking in what will undoubtedly be an enjoyable – and relatively unique – experience for anyone who’s a fan of the film and its iconic soundtrack.  

And we obviously couldn’t finish off this review without the required Dirty Dancing joke: If you’re a fan of the film, you’re sure to have the time of your life! 

Dirty Dancing in Concert will tour in the UK in Summer 2022 to 12 cities.

Find out more and book your tickets here.