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Dirty Dancing: Nicole Scherzinger Cast as Penny in ABC Remake

ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake is putting the “cat” in the Catskills.

Former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger (Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris) has landed the role of Penny, the dancer partner of leading man Johnny, whose unexpected pregnancy and subsequent abortion provide a major source of drama in Johnny’s romance with Baby in the early ’60s-set drama. The role of Penny was originated on the big screen by Cynthia Rhodes.

Johnny and Penny, of course, are part of the working-class entertainment staff at an upstate New York resort where Baby and her wealthy family vacation.

Previously announced cast members for the Lionsgate-produced three-hour reboot of the 1987 big-screen smash include Scream Queens‘ Abigail Breslin (as Baby), dancer Colt Prattes (as Johnny) and The Mysteries of Laura‘s Debra Messing (as Baby’s mother, Marjorie Houseman).

Scherzinger’s acting credits include guest spots on How I Met Your Mother and Wizards of Waverly Place — as well as stage roles in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl and the 2014 London revival of Cats.

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