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Dirty Dancing Reboot Highlights Henderson County

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Dirty Dancing Reboot Highlights Henderson County

Kanuga Conference Center Is Setting For TV Musical

Tune into ABC at 8 pm May 24, and you may see some sights that look familiar. Lionsgate Television’s adaptation of the classic film Dirty Dancing (shot in Western North Carolina in 1986) will be on the small screen coast-to-coast, featuring the historic Kanuga Conference Center. Crews used the Henderson County retreat as the setting for the production.

DIRTY DANCING (ABC/Eli Joshua Ade) COLT PRATTES, ABIGAIL BRESLIN

DIRTY DANCING (ABC/Eli Joshua Ade)
COLT PRATTES, ABIGAIL BRESLIN

Filmed last spring, Kanuga’s secluded setting and rustic surroundings provided a lush backdrop for the storyline set in the 1960s. Several iconic scenes were filmed there, including the conga line from the beginning of the movie and Baby’s famous watermelon scene. Johnny’s cabin scenes were filmed at the Fox Pavilion at Camp Kanuga, while the Fox Cottage on the main campus was repurposed as the Kellerman’s cabin.

Designed to serve as a respite from the hectic pace of daily life, stays at Kanuga include meals, lodging at the inn or guest cottages, and activities. Affiliated with the Episcopal Church since 1928, Kanuga is a 1,400-acre conference, retreat and camp center near Hendersonville.

“We hope the movie provides a chance for viewers to fall in love again with Western North Carolina’s beauty,” says Michael R. Sullivan, Kanuga President. “While the movie is a fictional story, Kanuga is a place where people can truly experience a vacation filled with old-fashioned fun and relaxation.”

The three-hour musical event features the story from the beloved 1987 romantic drama and instant movie classic told from a fresh perspective. Dirty Dancing stars Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) as Baby, Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) as Marjorie Houseman, Bruce Greenwood (“American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson”) as Dr. Jake Houseman, Nicole Scherzinger (“Dancing with the Stars”) as Penny, Colt Prattes (“Rock of Ages,” Pink’s music video “Try”) as Johnny, Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) as Lisa Houseman, Tony Roberts (“Annie Hall”) as Max Kellerman, Trevor Einhorn (“Mad Men”) as Neil, Shane Harper (“The Passion”) as Robbie Gould, J. Quinton Johnson (“Everybody Wants Some”) as Marco, Beau “Casper” Smart (“Perfect Match”) as Billy, Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”) as Vivian Pressman and Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars”) as Tito. Dirty Dancing, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions.

DIRTY DANCING - (ABC/Eli Joshua Ade) NICOLE SCHERZINGER, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, COLT PRATTES

DIRTY DANCING – (ABC/Eli Joshua Ade)
NICOLE SCHERZINGER, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, COLT PRATTES

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and nothing is ever the same for anyone in the Houseman family. Modernized, updated versions of the memorable, favorite songs from the original film, including “Time of My Life,” “Love Man,” “Do You Love Me,” “Hungry Eyes,” “She’s Like the Wind,” teamed with well-known songs that are new to Dirty Dancing, such as “Fever” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” are woven into the storytelling and performed by the talented and versatile cast.

Kanuga is giving Dirty Dancing fans a chance to immerse themselves in the setting, offering a limited-time Dirty Dancing package. Available August 18 to 20, the package coincides with the Dirty Dancing Festival in nearby Lake Lure. Lake Lure served as the backdrop for several memorial scenes in the original movie. The package includes accommodations at Kanuga and breakfast for up to two guests. You can make reservations at 828-692-9136. Other getaway options are also available during the summer, fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons.

Photos courtesy Lionsgate

Ken Ulmer

Former TV weatherguy who never got it right, til the day I predicted mostly cloudy skies with a 100% chance of unemployment. I've survived stints as a morning radio host, stay-at-home dad, and lab assistant. All left me with with varying degrees of side-effects, which somehow combined to make me a good fit to be the editor/video producer of the828.com.

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