Debra Messing (Will and Grace) appeared on Rachael Ray’s talk show last week, where she discussed her role in the upcoming TV musical remake of Dirty Dancing, about to start filming in western North Carolina, near where the classic original movie was also made.
You can watch Messing express her excitement for the project and for coming to work in North Carolina in a clip from the episode in the player below (starting at about the 2:22 mark)!
The new three-hour Dirty Dancing musical event will air on the ABC television network.
The original Dirty Dancing was released in 1987 starring Jennifer Grey in the role of “Baby” and the late Patrick Swayze.
Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens, The Final Girl) will take over Grey’s role, with Colt Prattes dancing into the part of Swayze’s Johnny Castle. The all star cast also includes Debra Messing as Baby’s mother Marjorie Houseman, Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) as Penny (originally played by Cynthia Rhodes), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) as Baby’s sister Lisa, Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back) as Tito, Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) as Vivian Pressman, and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) as Baby’s father Dr. Jake Houseman.
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