1st Night Photos: Sparks Fly at Flashdance GalaDate: 15 October 2010
There were bare midriffs and leg warmers aplenty at the Shaftesbury Theatre last night (14 October 2010, previews from 27 September), as Flashdance - The Musical hosted its starry gala opening.
Among the myriad famous faces in the audience (and at the after show party) were: Kelly Brook, Noel Sullivan, James Dreyfus, Ali Bastian, Duncan James, Jason Gardiner, Julian Fellowes, Denis Lawson and Craig Revel Horwood.
TO SCROLL THROUGH ALL OF FLASHDANCE's 1ST NIGHT PHOTOS,
Flashdance - The Musical, based on blockbuster 1983 movie, was first seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth back in July 2008 prior to a national tour. It features music by Robbie Roth, lyrics Robert Cary and book by Cary and Tom Hedley.
The iconic film starred Jennifer Beals as Alex Owens, an 18-year-old Pittsburgh welder and exotic dancer who dreams of winning a place at a prestigious dance school and becoming a professional ballet dancer. The score features the songs “Maniac” and “Flashdance… What a Feeling” (which won an Academy Award for Best Song) - it also launched a fashion frenzy for torn sweatshirts.
On stage, Alex is played by Victoria Hamilton-Barritt alongside Busted’s Matt Willis, making his West End and professional theatrical debut, as love interest Nick. It’s directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by musical theatre veteran and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.