Dirty Dancing is an iconic piece of cinema with a lasting legacy. Is it a good movie? That's neither here nor there. Regardless of what one thinks of its quality, it has endured through the years thanks to its flawless soundtrack, campy melodrama, and memorable moments. Whether your favorite moment is the lake lift, Jennifer Grey cracking up during the dance montage, or Baby finally getting out of that corner, Dirty Dancing was a definitive movie for so many people growing up. Now it's being remade as a television musical. The first trailer for ABC's Dirty Dancing revisits an old classic, but it's not quite the same.
Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes star as Baby and Johnny respectively, with some well-known names filling out the rest of the cast: Debra Messing and Bruce Greenwood are playing Baby's parents, Sarah Hyland takes over as her sister Lisa, and Nicole Scherzinger will be playing Penny. While the plot appears to be entirely the same as the original film and many of the big moments are present in the sneak peek, there are some new things about the Dirty Dancing remake. The biggest change is the addition of music, though any fans of the original will recognize the songs instantly.
Though ABC has turned Dirty Dancing into a musical, the songs aren't original numbers penned just for the film. Instead they're revamped versions of songs from the first film's soundtrack: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "Love Man," "Do You Love Me," "Hungry Eyes," and of course Patrick Swayze's timeless "She's Like the Wind." However, instead of accompanying the scenes, those songs will be performed by the characters. Stage versions of the film have done the same thing, so it seems ABC's version took a nod from them.
The remake also promises to elaborate on some plot details from the 1987 film. Apparently it will take a closer look at Baby's parents' relationship (...who exactly asked for that?) as well as give her sister Lisa a little more depth. It will also answer that age old fan question about just what happens to Baby and Johnny after the credits roll; is a relationship built on the mambo really built to last? And since it wouldn't be Dirty Dancing without some surprisingly serious social commentary, race and women's rights will be themes as well.
The Dirty Dancing musical remake will premiere on ABC on May 24 at 8 P.M.