The show is a lot different from the movie. It brings some highlights from the film - you have your two or three big numbers that people remember - but it has more music and scenes. I think there are 20 extra songs. It also opens up new relationships. We have a live band as well.
How does the time period play a role?
It deals with issues that were going on during the time. The show takes place during the time Martin Luther King gave his speech. There is a moment where the speech is going on and some of the cast want to go see it. What I love is that we are all one and here together. Having a diverse cast here is
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so crucial to the show. The show is perfect for reminding us what we don’t want to go back to. It’s important to keep that diversity moving forward.
It’s also about dirty dancing and not wanting to be looked at as a rebel or outcast. It can be hard to do your own thing, but eventually you have to live and enjoy your life
Chris, how did you become a part of the ensemble?
For me, it was a long process. I started auditioning for it six months ago and this is my fourth time. This style was right up my alley and after a while, here I am.
Why do you think the material is so iconic?
To brush up, I did watch the movie. It’s really fun. I think it remains the force that it is because it is so relatable. Many people can relate to Baby with people telling you “no” all the time and having to find the strength to persevere.
Besides being an ensemble member, you go on sometimes as the lead character Johnny. Tell us about him.
He is a tough guy but Baby touches him and he becomes a more sensitive and caring
guy. He finds that there is more than being a cool guy. Baby is different than the women he has encountered. He transitions into a caring gentleman. Johnny has to learn that not everything goes your way all the time. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches.
“Dirty Dancing” is now a musical and plays the Cobb Energy Centre Nov. 25-27. (Courtesy photos)