Touring show of ‘Dirty Dancing’ pulls into Oakdale Feb. 2-3

January 29, 2018 GMT

“Dirty Dancing” film fans are quick to embrace the stage version, which had a nice run at New Haven’s Shubert Theatre in april 2017. Many also will check out the latest stage version when it arrives for three performances at Oakdale Theatre Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Eleanor Bergstein-written story is about about recent high school grad Francis (called “Baby” by family), her sister and their parents at a lake resort in 1963, and the teen’s dance lessons and fling with an older, hunky dancer named Johnny. There is the precise dancing on the resort’s dance floor and then there’s the racy dance moves upstairs in the staff’s quarters.

The Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey film — full of familiar 1960s hits as well as a few new tunes at the time, such as “The Time Of My Life” — was one of the most successful independent films ever.

The new tour, which began in fall 2017, features Kaleigh Courts as “Baby,” Aaron Patrick Craven as Johnny and Anais Blake as Penny, who is closer to Johnny’s age.

Toyota Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford. Friday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 3, 2 and 8 p.m. $85, $65, $45, $35 plus fees. 203-265-1501