It’s been over 30 years since Flashdance was a surprise hit at the box office. Its soundtrack produced many hit songs, including “Maniac” and “Flashdance…What a Feeling.” The pop culture phenomenon is now live on stage and electrifying at the Colonial Theatre.
Flashdance tells the story of Alex Owens (Sydney Morton), a Pittsburgh steel worker who harbors dreams of leaving behind her gritty stripper life to pursue a career in ballet. She seems to have the talent, but what about the nerve?
Morton brings a raw edginess to the role and has a great singing voice especially for the rock ballads. Corey Mach who portrays Nick Hurley, steel tycoon and love interest for Alex, has great acting chops and a strong singing voice.
It is the dance routines that both electrify and impress, especially Dance Captain, Matt Anctil. His moves are amazing. They are the main reason to see the show. You will definitely enjoy them.
The music and lyrics by Robbie Roth and Robert Cary are fun and upbeat. The authentically of the 80’s sound is great. The duo has written 16 new songs for the production. The songs are definitely used to tell the story and showcase the characters.
There is always a chance that when you take a beloved movie and turn it into a stage musical that it will flop, especially when it is so iconic, but this 80’s classic hit all the right notes and is truly a theatrical experience.
Flashdance: The Musical plays now through March 23rd. For more information and tickets visit www.citicenter.org