“That was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me “Baby”, and it didn’t occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles, when I couldn’t wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I’d never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellermans.” – Baby, Dirty Dancing.
I’ve always loved musicals. Team that up with one of my favourite movies of all time, it is not a surprise that I would go all the way to Singapore to watch Dirty Dancing Musical at Marina Bay Sands last year.
In case you’ve never watched Dirty Dancing the movie before, let me fill you in on the details a little. This movie starred the late Patrick Swayze and the beautiful Jennifer Grey. Patrick Swayze was shizzle-smizzle in that movie. He sort of set the standard of men I would like to date when I first watched the movie – which was when I was 7-years-old.
Dirty Dancing was set in 1963 about a teenage girl, Frances “Baby” Houseman raised in a well-to-do family who accidentally met bad boy, Johnny Castle at a resort the family went to that summer. The romantic relationship they had during that summer changed them both.
Even though it was obvious how these romantic movies are like, things just couldn’t go wrong with the amazing songs that accompanied it. Most of the soundtrack of this movie are my personal favourite, including:
- “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles
- “Do You Love Me” by The Contours
- “In The Still Of The Night” by The Satins
- “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen
- “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes
- “Love Is Strange” by Mickey & Sylvia
- “She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze
- “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes.
Dirty Dancing Musical in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
I was lucky to have my cousin purchase the tickets via Sistic for me. Dirty Dancing Musical was on June 1st, 2013.
The Mastercard Theatre is located inside The Shoppes, Marina Bay. I went there with a cab and it being the weekend, the road to Marina Bay was slightly congested. So, if you have any plans to go to Marina Bay or the areas nearby in the weekend, make sure you go early to prevent being stuck in traffic.
The original writer of Dirty Dancing, Eleanor Bergstein proved one thing for sure – that it’s tough to live up to Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, even if you memorized all the punch lines and the dances.
Maybe I’m such a huge fan of the movie that I remember every details of it and when the musical didn’t turn out the way I visualized it, I got slightly annoyed. But of course there were some scenes that are so endearing, like the watermelon scene. “I carried a watermelon,” got all the audiences laugh out loud. When Johnny placed Baby’s palm to his chest and did the ‘heartbeat’ sound, we also laughed aloud. Of course the best line of the movie is when Johnny went up to Baby and his parents in the final scene and said, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” We clapped our hands and some even hooted.
I watched the musical at the Premium section. Lucky for me I managed to get a seat at the center, facing the center stage. However, the people in this block were pretty stiff. People from section A (behind my section) was the more fun group. From the beginning of the show, we were informed that we can sing and dance along to the songs in the musical. The people at the section behind mine were all dancing, clapping their hands, singing to the songs and enjoying themselves while the people from my section was just sitting in their seats quietly.
Remind me to purchase tickets other than premier seats the next time I want to see a musical at the Mastercard Theatre.
The backdrop was just BRILLIANT! The use of multimedia effects during the dance practice scenes in the field and in the river made it a little more real. And, *cough*, that the bedroom scene too.
“Me? I’m scared of everything! I’m scared of what I saw. I’m scared of what I did, of who I am. And most of all, I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life…. the way I feel when I’m with you!” Baby, Dirty Dancing.
More reason for me to watch more musicals in the future. Will definitely return back to Marina Bay Mastercard Theatre for other exciting musicals and shows.
What about you? Do you like musicals?
Recordings are forbidden during the show so here’s a final scene from the movie instead.