Thirty years after the 1987 film favorite released, ABC gave it new life with its three-hour TV special, starring Abigail Breslin (Baby Houseman), Colt Prattes (Johnny Castle), Sarah Hyland (Lisa Houseman), Debra Messing (Marjorie Houseman), Nicole Scherzinger (Penny Rivera), Katey Sagal (Vivian Pressman) and Bruce Greenwood (Dr. Jake Houseman).
“This isn’t a replica of the original. This takes some liberties. It has the DNA of the original, but you are going to find out what happened to Baby and Johnny after that summer ended. So there’s some additional surprises in there that are new,” Messing previously told PEOPLE about the project.
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Some loathed it.
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But there were others who remained optimistic and open-minded about it.
Directed by Wayne Blair and choreographed by Hamilton‘s Andy Blankenbuehler, the remake featured songs from the original Dirty Dancing as well as additional musical performances.