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210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Ended 15 Jan 2011 after 3 months
You soon won't have to bother with going to the cinema. Just wait till the stage version comes round.
Michael Coveney, The Independent
Slick, sensational and pulsating, Flashdance the Musical is a fast-paced film-to-stage extravaganza about the dance ambitions of a young working-class woman. Based on the Paramount Pictures film by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszerhas, this smash-hit musical celebrates dance as a source of liberation, holding onto dreams and love against all odds.
Directed by Nikolai Foster, and with spectacular and breathtaking choreography by Arlene Phillips (Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Strictly Come Dancing), Flashdance the Musical features an iconic score including 'Maniac', 'Manhunt', 'I Love Rock & Roll' and the Academy Award winning 'Flashdance- What a Feeling'. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, a trained ballet dancer, plays the sassy Alex Owens, and Matt Willis from boy-band Busted plays the love interest Nick Hurley.
Set in Pittsburgh USA, 18 year-old Alex Owens works a day-job as an apprentice welder in a failing steel mill, but by night she's a 'flashdancer' in a showbar. Alex dreams of becoming a ballerina and longs to be accepted to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. With a bit of help and encouragement from her friends, her meddling mother and her boss' son Nick - posh young man who shows solidarity with the flashdancers and with whom Alex becomes romantically involved - Alex pursues her dreams.
But she was born on the wrong sides of the track, and Dr. Kool, the showbar owner, is tightening his reigns as a newly opened strip club lures his dancers away, adding new challenges to Alex's life. Can she earn a place in the school, allowing her to permanently trade her welder-wear for legwarmers and leotards?
The rock musical is based on 1983 American romantic drama film Flashdance, which was met with mixed reviews but turned out to be a box office success.
Previews from: 27 September 2010
Opening night: 14 October 2010
Closing night: 15 January 2011
Flashdance the Musical is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards
Two hours and 25 minutes including a 20 minute intermission
Great night out: for lovers of dance and fans of the film and 80's chic
Best bit: the start of the second half, watch your shoulder on the... more »
25 reviews, average rating: (4.2 Stars)
I don't know why people are criticising - this show was excellent! First c... more
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