Flashdance - The Musical

Belgrade Theatre Coventry


The packed auditorium was abuzz with anticipation for this stage performance, adapted from the popular Paramount picture, first screened way back in 1983, telling the story of Alex Owens, a welder by day and a flashdancer by night.

We very soon get the message that Alex aspires to further her dancing career and leave behind the sleazy backstreet clubs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and although she has doubts about her abilities she is encouraged by her handsome boss, Nick Hurley and, she takes an audition at the prestigious Shipley Dancing Academy to secure her dream.

Under the watchful eye of supportive mentor, Hannah Long, a former ballerina, Alex grows in confidence and of course, like most rags to riches love stories, all ends happily . . . but not without a few interesting hiccups along the way.

With sizzling choreography and iconic songs, this show is a sure fire winner. The sheer energy expounded by the entire company is breath-taking and the athleticism in every dance number was truly astounding. It really is miraculous how they can dance, sing AND breathe, all at the same time and still appear cool and in control!

Pace was possibly a tad edgier in Act 1, however, the slickness of dialogue, smooth scene changes, variety of, (somewhat scanty) costumes, and clarity of harmonious voices, enhanced by dramatic mood lighting delivered a super performance.

At the finale, the rendition of What A Feeling had the appreciative audience on their feet, a testament to the tremendously talented cast, enhanced by the musical accompaniment under the direction of George Carter.

Strictly star Joanne Clifton is the glorious Alex Owens with a1's Ben Adams as Nick Hurley and Carol Ball as Hannah, so, if you want an exciting evening of scintillating entertainment, dust off those leg warmers and get along to the Belgrade. This show is guaranteed to get those toes tapping!

Book by Tom Hedley & Robert Cary. Music by Robbie Roth and Lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. To 08-09-18

Elizabeth M Smith


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