Billy Dee Williams has joined the cast of the three-hour telemovie revival of ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” in the role of the band leader Tito. Charles Coles played the part in the original 1987 Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey starrer.
Like the original, the new take revolves around Baby (Abigail Breslin), an innocent young woman who vacations with her affluent parents at an early-1960s Catskill Mountains resort. She soon gets swept off her feet by Johnny (Colt Prattes), a handsome, working-class dance instructor.
Tito is the charismatic, lively, longtime band leader for the resort who must acquiesce to the changing times. Jessica Sharzer is writing and executive producing the project which also stars Debra Messing as Baby’s mother, Sarah Hyland as her sister, and Nicole Scherzinger as Penny.