Flashdance the Musical – an Atlanta Theater Fans Review

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The cast of Flashdance the Musical. Photo by Kyle Froman

The cast of Flashdance the Musical. Photo by Kyle Froman

What a Feeling – Flashdance the Musical Cranks Out New Moves

The original Flashdance—a hit movie from 1983, boasting an Academy Award-winning title song—took on new life in 2010 as a stage musical. In many ways its London run was a dress rehearsal. Since then, the entire show has undergone major changes and is making its new debut with a touring show to over 20 cities around the country. The Fabulous Fox Theatre is playing host to Flashdance this week as part of the tour.

The story is simple: a woman steelworker tries to pay the bills while dreaming of being a real dancer. She works nights at a club—her only opportunity to show off her skills—until a rare chance arises to audition at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.

The musical features all the hit songs from the original film, including “Flashdance—What a Feeling,” “Gloria,” “I Love Rock & Roll,” “Manhunt,” and “Maniac.” In addition to these power house numbers, Robert Cary and Robbie Roth have written and composed an energetic and moving score to fill in the gaps. Director and choreographer Sergio Trujillo breathes new life into this second attempt at bringing Flashdance to the stage, and the visual imagery—as a result of fluid dance numbers and vivid stage projection and set design—keeps the audience totally involved throughout the show.

Emily Padgett and Alex Owens and Matthew Hydzik as Nick Hurley, Flashdance the Musical. Photo by Kyle Froman

Emily Padgett as Alex Owens and Matthew Hydzik as Nick Hurley in Flashdance the Musical. Photo by Kyle Froman

Emily Padgett stars as the irrepressible Alex Owens, and she steals the show with every ballad and dance number. She brings the full package with her—heartfelt acting, a strong set of lungs and stunning dance skills. But she isn’t alone. The supporting cast shines, and Matthew Hydzik, who plays Alex’s love interest Nick Hurley, definitely holds his own.

With dance numbers—and costumes—that many times harken to a Cabaret-style production, Flashdance may not be an appropriate choice for younger viewers, but the spectacle is definitely worth your time, whether you’re a child of the 80s or not.

Flashdance the Musical runs February 5 to 10, 2013 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are available online at www.FoxAtlTix.com or by calling 1-855-285-8499.

– Christi Whitney