There’s not many films that embody the 80’s like Flashdance. As a young child when it was released, the film itself passed me by slightly at the time, but the soundtrack remains an enduring memory, with my older siblings dancing to it on the radio wearing the all important legwarmers.
Flashdance The Musical ticked all the boxes to bring back those memories, the familiar songs were there, with some new additions that showcased the spine tingling voices of the cast. A particular favourite of the new soundtrack was A Million To One, sung by Alex (Joanne Clifton) and Hannah (Carol Ball).
With side stories of Nick (played by Ben Adams), Gloria (Hollie-Ann Lowe) and Jimmy (Colin Kiyani) adding depth, the main story mirrored the film following welder Alex’s journey to follow her heart into dancing. Joanne Clifton portrayed the anxious dancer brilliantly, and the love story between Alex & Nick weaved it’s way into the hearts of the audience. A poignant moment in act 2 brought real tears (no spoilers here), and special mention for incredible vocals must go to Kiki (Sia Dauda) for capturing the spirit of “Maniac”, and her version of the film’s “Manhunt”.
The adaptation of this classic 80’s romp most definitely captured the feel of the film, so much so that the audience took to their feet at the end for a good old boogie to the reprisal of the soundtrack. If you want a trip down memory lane complete with big hair, welding and, of course fluorescent legwarmers, this most definitely hits the spot!
Flashdance The Musical is on at the Regent Theatre, Hanley until Saturday 30th December. For ticket information call the box office on 0844 871 7649 or visit the website.