BWW Review: FLASHDANCE, King's Theatre, Glasgow
Based on the 1983 film of the same name, Flashdance is the story of Alex Owens, an eighteen year old welder who dreams of being a dancer but has had no formal training. Alex works in the steel mill by day and spends her evenings dancing in an exotic club but manages to land an audition at the prestigious Shipley Academy.
There are some fantastic songs in Flashdance but unfortunately, there is also a lot of filler. The likes of "What A Feeling", "Gloria" and "Maniac" have a lot of energy and are instantly recognisable but few of the other songs are memorable. The vocal performances are excellent, particularly from Ben Adams as slightly misguided rich boy Nick Hurley who falls for Alex and tries to buy her way into dance school.
The stage design is simple and effective as it sets the scene but doesn't distract from the talent onstage and the bright costumes are a fantastic contrast to the grey dreary background.
Matt Cole's choreography is tight throughout and is a definite highlight of the whole production. While there isn't a weak link in the chain, special mention has to go to Demmileigh Foster for her dance performance during "I Love Rock and Roll" which was outstanding. Joanne Clifton is perfectly cast as Alex Owens, as a champion on Strictly Come Dancing her dancing abilities will not come as a surprise to anyone but she also has the acting talent and the vocal capabilities to match.
Although there are darker themes throughout, Flashdance is ultimately a feel good musical. The finale is everything it should be and has the whole theatre on their feet. It's been a while since I have felt the unnerving bounce of the grand circle in the King's Theatre!
Flashdance is on tour around the UK.