ABC-TV, which is planning new adaptation of the 1987 popular film "Dirty Dancing," has picked Broadway veteran Colt Prattes to play Johnny, the role originated on film by Patrick Swayze.
Prattes danced on Broadway in the 2009 revival of West Side Story and the 2011 revival of How To Succeed in Business..., and was featured in Off Broadway's Yank! and the Las Vegas production of Surf the Musical. He's known to the wider public for appearing with pop singer Pink in her music video “Try.”
As previously announced, the role of Baby will be played by Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, from the Fox TV series "Scream Queens." According to the THR report, Breslin, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the young girl in "Little Miss Sunshine," is the only actress to be cast in the production. Emmy nominee Jessica Sharzer ("American Horror Story") will write the script, Australian director Wayne Blair ("The Sapphires") will helm, Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph and Grammy nominee Adam Anders and Peer Astrom ("Glee") will compose the music.
The three-hour event from Lionsgate TV will be produced by Allison Shearmur Productions ("The Hunger Games") and Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie. Stephen Altman is slated as as producing designer.
A broadcast date for "Dirty Dancing" has not yet been announced.