Debra Messing Cast In 'Dirty Dancing' Remake

Debra Messing's dancing shoes are about to get a little dirty.

The "Mysteries of Laura" star has been cast in ABC and Lionsgate TV's "Dirty Dancing" remake, Access Hollywood confirmed on Thursday.

According to a press release, Debra will play "meticulous 1960s housewife" Marjorie Houseman in the three-hour musical event, executive produced by Allison Shearmur and original "Dirty Dancing" scribe Eleanor Bergstein.

Debra's character, the mother of Abigail Breslin's Baby, "takes great pride in her family" and is trying to "rekindle her romance with her workaholic husband" while on a family vacation in the Catskills, the release read.

Like its 1987 predecessor, the upcoming special will center on Baby as she "gets swept off her feet by a handsome, working-class dance instructor," who has yet to be cast. 

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze famously portrayed the star-crossed lovers in the now-classic period romance, likely leaving fans tapping their toes with anticipation over who will join Abigail for the time of her life.

Tony-winning "Hamilton" choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler is lending his moves for the production, while "American Horror Story" producer Jessica Scharzer is adapting the script.

This updated "Dirty Dancing" won't be Debra's first musical experience. The actress co-starred as a composer on NBC's Broadway drama "Smash."

-- Erin Biglow

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