I see Flashdance is heading on tour. It's booking at the New Alexandra in Birmingham 4th - 9th December 2017.
From the website:
Dance like you’ve never danced before! FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.
Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds.
Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hit Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance - What a Feeling.
Produced by the award winning team at Selladoor Productions - producers of Footloose, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL is not to be missed!
Yes compared to the long running Karen Bruce Footloose tour which had the most incredible choreography and energy (it is meant to be about dancing) the recent tour was very disappointing. Cast gave it their all but looked cheaper than a Kenwright production.
So caught the tour of 'Flashdance' at the matinee yesterday. Last minute decision as I had not seen the show before (don't think I have even seen the movie all the way through) and was clinched by the offer of a cheap ticket.
As a show it is certainly on a par with Fame and Flashdance with 2 dimensional characters, a few great pop songs and few forgettable songs to pad it out.
I liked Joanna Clifton in Millie and think she has enormous potential in musical theatre, with the right direction. She can sing and she certainly can dance but here I felt she was not hard enough as Alex.
The supporting cast has strong singers and dancers, particularly the male ensemble, but there was some very poor acting going on from some, particularly Gloria and her stand up comedian boyfriend.
I am glad I saw the show and wish I had seen the original with Victoria Hamilton Barritt. It will never be a great piece but entertaining enough and what's not to love about a mega-mix finale of 80's show.