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Debra Messing set to play Baby's mama in 'Dirty Dancing' TV movie

The "Mysteries of Laura" actress is going from serious to musical in the adaptation of the classic film.
/ Source: TODAY

Debra Messing is gonna be a Baby mama!

Debra Messing
Debra Messing: smiling now, hopefully singing later!Getty Images file

Well, kinda: Messing has confirmed that she is joining the cast of ABC's "Dirty Dancing" TV movie, in which she will play the mother of lead character Baby (Abigail Breslin). And she seemed pretty overjoyed in a recent tweet:

The news broke Thursday that Messing, who not so long ago was part of another musical TV venture, NBC's "Smash," would play the role originated by Kelly Bishop in the 1987 hit.

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According to Variety, she'll play Marjorie Houseman, the "meticulous 1960s housewife who takes great pride in her family" and who is "using the summer vacation to try and rekindle her romance with her workaholic husband."

DIRTY DANCING, Kelly Bishop, Jerry Orbach, 1987. (c) Artisan Entertainment/ Courtesy: Everett Collec
Debra Messing will take on the role originated by Kelly Bishop, but who'll play Baby's father (Jerry Orbach)?Everett Collection

It'll sure be different from her current role fighting crime on "The Mysteries of Laura," as she's been doing on NBC for two years.

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Now we can't wait to see who'll play Mr. Houseman in the movie! Might we suggest her former "Will & Grace" co-star Eric McCormack?

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