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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/14/10 at 06:55pm
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/14/10 at 07:04pm
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Updated On: 10/14/10 at 07:04 PM
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/14/10 at 08:20pm
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/14/10 at 10:36pm
In the States, there is one review that everyone waits for, the New York Times review, which can make or break a show. Is there a comparable review/critic for West End productions?
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/14/10 at 10:56pm
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/15/10 at 02:45am
Mmmmm what a feeling? I feel sick!
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/15/10 at 03:31am
RaisedOnMusicals: Thankfully, no. Though obviously some have more influence than others, partly down to the critic themselves and partly down to the paper's readership.
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Posted: 10/15/10 at 11:44am
Charles Spencer is generally considered to be the most revered critic isn't he?
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/15/10 at 11:58am
I dont know, i know im not a fan of his reviews but thats just my opinion.

I think all in all for a fun show like Flashdance i think they should be very happy with the reviews.

Well done to all
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Posted: 10/15/10 at 02:41pm
To me, Spencer's review felt much more like a knock of movie-to-musical productions than an objective look at this show. I just don't think he likes them very much. He is certainly very contrarian to most here in many respects.
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/15/10 at 05:41pm

The Toronto Star:

'Flashdance- the Musical':
Good on the page, bad on the stage

by Richard Ouzounian

The version of Flashdance the Musical that opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre
on Thursday night falls so far short of what the material deserves that it's
almost not worth discussing it.
The tragedy is that Tom Hedley and Robbie Ross have written a really good
adaptation of Hedley's much-loved 1983 film and one only hopes that the
proposed Toronto production for next year will take all that's good (on the
page) and leave behind all that's bad (on the stage).

Having sat through shows like, not to beat around the bush, Dirty Dancing
the Musical, I went into Flashdance with a certain amount of trepidation.
Would this be another exercise in empty nostalgia? Another attempt to put a
movie on stage as literally as possible and call it a play?
I should have known better with someone as intellectually astute as Hedley.
He delayed putting Flashdance into a theatre for nearly 30 years, waiting
for all the stars to align properly.

And when they did, he used his original screenplay about Alex (the young
Pittsburgh woman who welds steel by day, pole-dances by night and dreams of
ballet in between) as a point of departure, not a final destination.
Yes, the plot is largely the same, but there's a lot more texture to the
characters and their relationships, mainly when it comes to Alex and her
mother. This is a smart musical theatre book, full of snappy lines and
situations, but with a serious underpinning underneath.

Even more surprising and even more praiseworthy, is the score by Hedley's
fellow Torontonian, Robbie Roth.
Part of the baggage Flashdance carries with it to the stage is an
Oscar-winning title song and several other huge pop hits such as "Maniac"
and "Gloria." Roth lets them live on the stage as you'd expect (he'd be
strung up in Leicester Square if he'd tried otherwise), but he also writes a
completely original 15-song score of his own that is not only damn good in
its own right, but manages to live side by side with the previous hits
without creating a "not in my backyard" sensation.

Roth's music is incredibly tuneful, refreshingly rhythmic and - for a show
set in the 1980s - blessed with lyrics that are surprisingly astute.
Seemingly out of nowhere has come a highly talented musical theatre composer
and, wonder of wonders, he's Canadian.
Now anyone who toils in the musical theatre fields knows that a good book
and a good score are rare things indeed, which makes the shoddy old-school
production on display even more distressing.
One should never forget that the original Flashdance had a wildly striking,
very original, MTV kind of look that helped its success.

Why, then, does this stage musical look like something you might have seen
on a bad second-string British tour in the 1990s?
The direction by Nikolai Foster has embraced a kind of poor-man's-naturalism
and hugged it to his chest so closely that it stopped breathing. When the
sets by Morgan Large aren't being literal, they're being senseless and they
are never attractive for one single minute. You might argue that a show set
in poverty-wracked Pittsburgh shouldn't be pretty and I agree, but it must
have a certain kind of esthetic appeal that helps frame its protagonists
properly.

Perhaps the evening's major villainess is Arlene Phillips who provided the
choreography. I think it's time to permanently lay to rest the myth that Ms.
Phillips can provide dance steps with edge. Her soul is on Main Street, not
the Mean Streets and her breakdancing sequences are pure high school
pageant. When she reaches for a surreal nightmare ballet in Act II, it's as
though "Thriller" were being performed by the Golders Green PTA.
It would be nice to avoid discussing the cast. Nice, but impossible. I'm
sure they're terrific people, but, like most Britons, when they try to play
out-of-control Americans, they come across like the cast of Glee after a few
vodka and Red Bulls.

In the leading role of Alex, that made Jennifer Beals a star, Victoria
Hamilton-Barritt dances up a storm and has a smokin' hot bod, but from the
neck up, she's pure Christine Daaé, while male lead Matt Willis smiles
sweetly, emotes earnestly and evokes no stronger response than "Hey, I guess
that's what Adam Brazier was like 10 years ago!"
Don't get me wrong, I would really, really like to see Flashdance the
Musical come to Toronto. The book and score are that good. But let's have
someone like Sergio Trujillo stage it and maybe get Chilina Kennedy to play
the lead.

Hedley and Roth deserve at least that classy a homecoming.
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/15/10 at 07:45pm
That Toronto Star review cracks me up

I cant take him seriosly when he thinks the show had a great book. Now i like the show but a great book?

Erm no
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/15/10 at 07:46pm
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/16/10 at 08:10am
For anyone who has seen the show: How's Twinnie Lee Moore and does she have much stage time?
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Flashdance The Musical - Reviews
Posted: 10/20/10 at 03:47pm
Here's a brand new rave.
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