Dig out your legwarmers and off the shoulder t shirts as Flashdance the Musical is back in town!!
After seeing a lacklustre production of this show a few years ago, my expectations were fairly low before arriving at the theatre. Truthfully as a huge strictly come dancing fan it was only Joanne Clifton starring as Alex Owens that really enticed me to give it another try... And i'm very glad I did.
The former world champion does not disappoint bringing a sassiness and determination to the role of Alex. Clifton also showcases her brilliant singing abilities which have plenty of power behind them from the very first number 'Steeltown Sky'. The refreshed choreography by Matthew Cole really compliments Clifton's style, evidenced by the Paso Doble inspired 'Maniac' complete with green and purple capes and of course the famous water scene also makes an appearance at the end of Act 1.
Ben Adams of A1 fame is likeable in the role of Nick Hurley although his boyband background is evident in places. Never the less the partnership between Adams and Clifton works well and is believable.
The staging is typical of many current shows with separate pieces which move around to create the different settings needed. I found this slightly distracting at times as the set is moving while cast members are finishing their songs.
Overall there is something in this show for everyone, it has dance by the bucket load and an extremely talented cast with more than a few lifts, flips and splits up their sleeves. If it's songs you want then there's old favourites such as 'Gloria', 'I love Rock and Roll' and of course the title track 'What a Feeling' played by a live band hidden on stage throughout the production.
This is a very well put together production that both seasoned fans of the Flashdance franchise and newcomers to the party can both enjoy. It definitely has the feel good factor and deserved the standing ovation it got from the Regent Theatre audience. Ultimately it's the tale of a girl who dared to dream, and by being herself took a leap of faith and won and what better message is there than that.
Reviewed by Samantha Weston at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.
Flashdance is currently touring until 28th August 2018. For more information and tickets visit the shows website.