Debra Messing is putting on her dancing shoes and is joining the cast of ABC’s upcoming Dirty Dancing remake. TheÂ Mysteries of LauraÂ actress will be playing Marjorie Houseman (who was played byÂ Gilmore Girls‘ Kelly Bishop in the original 1987 film), the mother of Baby, who will be portrayed byÂ Scream QueensÂ star Abigail Breslin.
Unlike the NBC’sÂ The Wiz LiveÂ and FOX’s upcomingÂ Grease: Live, ABC’s Dirty Dancing won’t be a live production. Instead, it will beÂ three-hour musical TV movie based on the original 1987 film, which starred Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey as Johhny Castle and Baby Houseman. ABC’s remake sounds like it will stay quite faithful to the original, as it focuses on “an innocent young woman in the early 1960’s who vacations withÂ her affluent parents and siblings in the CatskillÂ Mountains and falls for the resort’s working-class dance instructor.”
Executive producers on ABC’sÂ Dirty DancingÂ includeÂ Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) and Eleanor Bergstein, who also wrote the screenplay for the original film. Jessica Sharzer (The L Word) will pen ABC’s musicalÂ adaptation, with Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) serving as the director. Furthermore, Dirty Dancing‘sÂ music will be done by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (Glee), and Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) will be the musical’s choreographer.
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