A New ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and Baby’s Love Story Is Just the Start

The ultimate goal was to make the movie more relevant while not changing the overall tone. “We are not trying to mimic the original,” Ms. Breslin said. “If you try to do that, you won’t succeed.”


Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin in “Dirty Dancing,” a made-for-TV musical on ABC.

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Just as the original did, the new “Dirty Dancing” focuses on Ms. Breslin’s character, Baby, as she vacations with her family at the Kellerman’s Lodge in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

It’s the summer of 1963, before the Kennedy assassination shattered the shiny facade of postwar Americana. Baby is soon to leave for Mount Holyoke College with plans for a career in medicine, while her older sister, Lisa, played by the “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland, is more interested in earning an MRS. than an M.D.

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