EXCLUSIVE: After a very lengthy talent search, dancer/actor Colt Prattes (Rock of Ages) has landed the male lead in ABC/Lionsgate TV’s Dirty Dancing, taking on the iconic Johnny role played by Patrick Swayze in the original film.
Like the 1987 Swayze-Jennifer Grey feature, ABC’s three-hour Dirty Dancing movie centers on Baby (Abigail Breslin), an innocent young woman in the early 1960s who vacations with her affluent parents and siblings in the Catskills and falls for Johnny (Prattes), the resort’s charismatic, skilled dance instructor and leader of the working-class entertainment. Debra Messing also stars as Marjorie.
Prattes drew attention for his dance skills (and toned physique) in P!nk’s music video for her hit “Try” (see it below). He also performed with the singer at the 2014 Grammy Awards and American Music Awards and on her The Truth About Love Tour. He is repped by BRS/Gage Talent Agency and Primary Wave Entertainment.
Executive produced by Allison Shearmur and Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, Dirty Dancing was adapted for television by Jessica Sharzer. Wayne Blair is set to direct and Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, who most recently choreographed the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, is on board as choreographer. The production will be filmed, not aired live.
The rest of the production team includes Adam Anders and Judy Cairo (producers), Stephen Altman (production designer) and Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (music). Here’s a clip of Prattes in P!nk’s music video.