‘Dirty Danc­ing’ mu­si­cal’s gay per­form­ers weigh in on At­lanta stop

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It was a mas­sively pop­u­lar movie, known for launch­ing the ca­reers of Jen­nifer Grey and Pa­trick Swayze and for the im­mor­tal line “No­body puts Baby in the cor­ner.” Now “Dirty Danc­ing” has been turned into a stage mu­si­cal.

Be­sides a lot of danc­ing and new mu­si­cal num­bers, the show has two gay per­form­ers, John Swap­shire and Chris Van­den­hende. We caught up with both men be­fore the show hits the ATL just af­ter Thanks­giv­ing to talk about how the gig came up, how they com­pare the mu­si­cal to the movie and what mod­ern au­di­ences can take away.

Howdy, John. How did the show come up for you?

Strangely enough, a friend in­vited me to come au­di­tion. I wasn’t that fa­mil­iar with the mu­si­cal but I went. I was not that pre­pared; I al­most didn’t go. But I wanted to show my skills and I got it.

Who are you in the show?

I am part of the en­sem­ble but I also un­der­study the role of Tito. In the past, Tito was a dancer, a great men­tor to all the dancers in the show. Has been do­ing it for years. He’s strong and ev­ery­one loves him.

How does the mu­si­cal dif­fer from the film?

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