Friday, September 29, 2006
"Dirty Dancing" Will Not Die
A stage musical version was a huge hit in Australia and now it's tearing it up in the West End, with about $20 million in advance sales. If housewives and teenage girls are willing to go again and again and again, just like they did with the movie, this could run for ages. Yes, it will come to New York and -- again -- make "Mamma Mia" look like Shakespeare. By the way, the story casually says the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack sold 41 million copies -- I don't think so. (That would rank it in the Top 3-selling albums of all time, I think.) "Dirty Dancing" sold 11 million copies in the US. "More Dirty Dancing" sold 4 million copies. Even lumping them together, that's 15 million copies. It seems highly unlikely they sold almost TWICE as well overseas as in the US. (Did Patrick Swayze's "She's Like The Wind" score big in France?) More lazy reporting.