Review Round-up: What's the Feeling? Flashdance
The stage show, based on blockbuster 1983 movie, premiered at the Theatre Royal Plymouth 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.