You can't technically have the time of your life twice, so the prospect of a TV remake of Dirty Dancing didn't sound like the best idea when it was announced by ABC in December. But now that both leads have been cast, you can take a look at the new faces and try to reimagine that final dance scene.
We've got 3 cast members so far:
1. Colt Prattes As Johnny Castle
The role of Johnny Castle was so well-fitted to the late Patrick Swayze that it seems impossible to recast him. But the introduction of Colt Prattes as Johnny makes things a little more interesting, because damn, he would look good in aa A-shirt.
A Broadway actor, dancer and singer, Prattes appeared in Pink's music video for 'Try' in 2012.
2. Abigail Breslin As Baby
Abigail Breslin, known for Little Miss Sunshine and Scream Queens, has already been cast in the role of Baby.
3. Debra Messing As Marjorie Houseman
Debra Messing (The Mysteries of Laura, Will and Grace) will replace Kelly Bishop as Baby's mother, Marjorie Houseman.
The Movie Was A Box Office Success
The iconic story of Baby, who falls for dance teacher Johnny while on vacation at the Catskills Resort with her uptight parents, had a massive success at the box office when it was released in 1987, banking $214 million and earning an Oscar, Golden Globe and even a Grammy for the song '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life.'
A Recent Trend Of Musical TV Remakes
TV stations have started a trend of bringing classic musicals onto the small screen. After NBC's remakes of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz, Fox only recently set the bar pretty high with Grease: Live. The adaptation, with Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit as the lead characters, won't replace the original movie in the Travolta-obsessed corner of our memories, but earned quite some attention and ended up being a complete success.
A 3-Hour TV Remake Of 'Dirty Dancing'
The 3-hour TV musical will be written by Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story), and original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein will be one of the executive producers. Plus, we've got Andy Blankenbuehler from Hamilton for all that on point choreography.
Let's just hope this version doesn't end up in a corner.
Do you think the chemistry between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey can be recreated?
Source: US Weekly