Director James Powell discusses the American premiere of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, now at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
As with any stage adaptation, the audience's expectations must be taken into account, notes Powell, speaking of his biggest challenge. "In my position, I'm either accused of being too literal or depriving the audience of what they anticipate," he states. "That's a very fine line to tread. There are moments in the play where we use our technology in an abstract fashion because we can't do a literal translation right to stage. You have to guide your audience deftly through that, yet you also have to honor what the audience is expecting and add to that experience as opposed to diluting it."