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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 11:15 GMT
Dirty Dancing takes to the stage
Joseph Brown and Nadia Coote
The main actors from the Australian show at the London launch
Hit 1980s film Dirty Dancing is to become a West End stage show with open auditions for the roles made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

The musical has broken box office records in Australia and will open at London's Aldwych Theatre in October.

"We are looking forward to seeing all the British talent at the auditions," said producer Kevin Jacobsen. Dates have not yet been announced.

Tickets for the coming-of-age musical go on sale on Tuesday.

The romantic tale tells the story of a teenage girl called Baby who falls in love with a dance instructor on holiday.


Special effects will help re-create famous scenes from the film including an episode on a lake where Johnny lifts Baby out of the water.

The play has been adapted by the original writer Eleanor Bergstein.

"People have asked why I decided to do the stage show after all this time," she said.

"I realised people were seeing the movie over and over again. I got the idea that what they really wanted was to feel like they were there. That can happen in live theatre.

"The show has everything from the film, and more," she added.

The soundtrack to Dirty Dancing has sold over 41 million copies and the theme tune (I've Had) The Time of My Life won the Oscar for best song in 1988.

The stage show opened in Australia in 2004.

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