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'Dirty Dancing in Concert' Is Coming to Australia to Give You the Time of Your Life

You've never seen this Patrick Swayze-starring 80s classic like this before — with a live band and singers performing the movie's iconic songs, all to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
By Sarah Ward
April 05, 2022
By Sarah Ward
April 05, 2022

Pairing movies with music is no longer new news, but the latest event that's serving up that combo is hoping for two things. Firstly, it's betting on a whole lot of love for Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey dancing up a storm in a classic 1987 romantic drama. Secondly, when it comes to getting excited about seeing that now 35-year-old flick on a big screen with its soundtrack performed live, it's hoping that you've never felt like this before.

Obviously, Dirty Dancing in Concert wants to give you the time of your life as well — and to not only let you celebrate one of Swayze's biggest and most charming film roles, but to immerse you in the movie from the moment you take your seat. No one will be carrying watermelons or checking into Kellerman's Mountain House in the Catskills, but the digitally remastered feature will grace the big screen, and a live band and singers will perform its iconic songs as it plays.

Just as swoon-worthy: the fact that those musicians will stick around afterwards to headline a party that'll naturally have you singing and dancing. If you're feeling adventurous and inspired by the movie, you might even want to try to recreate the famous lift.

Here, nobody will put you or Francis 'Baby' Houseman in a corner — and you'd be just a fool to believe otherwise. Your hungry eyes will soak in Baby's first taste of dirty dancing, her eager rehearsals and her growing infatuation with Johnny Castle, as well as her parents' bitter unhappiness about the entire situation.

This blast-from-the-past affair is touring Australia from June, with dates locked in for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane so far — and more to come for Perth and Adelaide.

And yes, because Dirty Dancing in Concert is certain to be popular, it's bringing its 80s-themed fun to sizeable venues (Hamer Hall, Darling Harbour Theatre and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre), so you'll be having the time of your Dirty Dancing-loving life with plenty of people.


Friday, June 10 — Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Saturday, June 18 — Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney
Saturday, June 25 — Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
TBC — Perth
TBC — Adelaide

Dirty Dancing in Concert will start touring Australia in June 2022. Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 11am on Tuesday, April 5, with general sales starting at 11am on Friday, April 8.

Published on April 05, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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