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Tony Roberts Joins ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' Remake (Exclusive)
Tony Roberts is boarding ABC’s Dirty Dancing reboot.
The Law & Order alum will play Max Kellerman in the TV remake of the 1987 film. He joins a cast that also includes Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Sarah Hyland, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Katey Sagal, Shane Harper and Debra Messing.
The movie is being written and executive produced by Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story, The L Word) and, like the original movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, revolves around Baby (Breslin), an innocent young woman who vacations with her affluent parents at an early-1960s Catskill Mountains resort and gets swept off her feet by Johnny (Prattes), a handsome, working-class dance instructor.
As Max, Roberts will play the owner of the resort, Kellerman's, and a longtime friend of the Housemans. With a mixture of Borscht Belt humor and quick wit, Max has been catering to the same Jewish families for decades, offering them a summer filled with games, activities, singing, dancing and the possibility of a little romance. A tough-minded businessman who's pulled his resort through hard times, Max is grooming his grandson Neil to take over one day because he knows that times are changing, and maybe he’s too rigid to change with them.
The movie is produced by Lionsgate TV and Allison Shearmur Productions, with Eleanor Bergstein — who penned the screenplay for the original movie — on board as an executive producer. Grammy nominee Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (Glee) will tackle music for ABC's rendition. Anders and Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart) will produce. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) will direct. Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (musicals Hamilton, Bring It On) will be responsible for choreography. Stephen Altman (Gosford Park) is set as production designer.
Roberts is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Jeff Berger Management.