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Curtain up on Dirty Dancing show
Graham Norton
Graham Norton was among celebrities at the West End premiere
The curtain has gone up on the stage version of Dirty Dancing in London's West End.

Producers say its 11m advance sales make the musical the fastest-selling show in West End stage history.

Based on the 1987 film with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the stage version stars Josef Brown and newcomer Georgina Rich as Johnny and Baby.

Joanna Lumley, Graham Norton and Sir Ian McKellan were among those attending the premiere at the Aldwych Theatre.

Other celebrities there included Abi Titmuss, Michael Winner, Rolf Harris, Barbara Windsor and Myleene Klass.

Box office records

Dirty Dancing, about a 17-year-old girl who falls for a dance instructor during a family holiday, is one of the biggest independent films of all time.

Georgina Rich and Josef Brown
Josef Brown also played Johnny Castle in the Australian version

Original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, who has adapted her film for the theatre, has said the show has everything from the film "and more."

The soundtrack - including the Oscar-winning (I've Had) The Time Of My Life - has sold more than 41 million copies.

Brown has already played the role in his native Australia, where the show broke box office records.

Rada graduate Rich, from Sidcup, south-east London, beat 2,500 other hopefuls to the role of Baby.


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