New “Dirty Dancing” adaptation airs May 24 on ABC


On Wednesday May 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC, Western North Carolina will appear on TV screens across the nation.

Lionsgate Television’s adaptation of the classic film "Dirty Dancing" used Kanuga conference, retreat and camp center in Hendersonville as the set location for half of the television event. The film, based on the massive 1987 box-office hit, was shot in several mountain locations, including Asheville's Four Points by Sheraton hotel.

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Kanuga’s secluded setting and rustic surroundings provided a backdrop for the storyline set in the 1960s. Several scenes were filmed there, including the conga line from the beginning of the movie, and Baby’s 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 Kellermans' cabin.

The three-hour filmed musical follow the story from the beloved 1987 romantic drama. 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.

Updated versions of songs from the original film, including “Time of My Life,” “Do You Love Me,” “Hungry Eyes,” and “She’s Like the Wind,” are teamed with well-known songs that are new to "Dirty Dancing," like “Fever” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

The 2017 take on "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 thirtieth anniversary this year, is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions.

Tune in on May 24 at 8 p.m.!