Last night over 150 Whatsonstage.com theatregoers made their way to the Shaftesbury Theatre for a night of fantastic dance and classic tunes as iconic 80s film Flashdance comes to the stage as a musical. There’s nothing new about this story – a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with a talent (in this case for dancing) overcomes a mixed bag of obstacles to realise her dream – but even if you know how it’s going to end and the dialogue doesn’t make you think it’s still a thoroughly enjoyable ride.
Arlene Phillips choreography is dynamic – changing shape and style to suit the varying moods of the piece. One of my favourite moments was in the rehearsal room of the dance studio where Phillips melds classical and modern with great effect. Designer Morgan Large has also proved his worth with a set that incorporates not only moving ‘steel’ walls but projections and mirrors making this production feel truly larger than life.
The dancing was fantastic and while the sound was still finding it’s feet the singing was a treat. The cast are dedicated and work hard at their performances but perhaps more importantly they seem to really enjoy themselves! The cast members who joined us after the show for our post show meet and greet were all happy to chat and tell us about the changes the show is still undergoing and their excitement about their official press night next week.
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