Abigail Breslin will star in ABC’s musical remake of the 1987 hit romantic drama Dirty Dancing as the lead character Frances “Baby” Houseman.

Abigail Breslin Playing Baby

ABC has greenlit a three-hour musical version of Dirty Dancing, which starred Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the original film. It’s been confirmed that Breslin will play Baby, the child of wealthy parents, who finds some adventure with a dance instructor working at the Catskill Mountains resort she’s staying at with her family in the 60s, reported Entertainment Weekly.

As of yet, it’s unknown who will play Swayze’s Johnny Castle.

Penning the Dirty Dancing musical adaptation is Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story). The made-for-TV movie is being directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires). Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (Glee) are doing the music, while Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) has been tapped as the choreographer.


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The Dirty Dancing musical, like the the upcoming Fox Rocky Horror musical event, won’t be live like the recent spate of TV musicals that included the Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and The Wiz Live! Fox is also doing a live version of Grease, which will premiere Jan. 31.

Breslin, best known for her childhood roles in Little Miss Sunshine and Signs, most recently starred on the first season of Scream Queens. She’s currently filming high school drama Freak Show, which is being directed by Trudie Styler.

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