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posted Friday, April 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 16
A flash of brilliance - Flashdance: The Musical surpasses all expectations
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A flash of brilliance - Flashdance: The Musical surpasses all expectations

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

FLASHDANCE: THE MUSICAL
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Through April 21


So what do you do if you're a Steeltown girl on a Saturday night? The answer is obvious: you become a flash dancer. Based on the film of the same name, Flashdance is a pre-Broadway show that opened last month at Seattle's Paramount Theatre. With several new songs added and several favorites kept, the show is fun, entertaining, and enjoyable.

The storyline follows Alex (Emily Padgett), a young woman working at the Hurley Steel factory in Pittsburgh during the 1980s. To help ends meet during hard financial times, Alex works at a dance club while dreaming of getting into Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a ballerina. When Alex meets the new young boss of the steel factory, sparks fly.

AN EXPERT CAST
The cast does a very good job, with no exceptions. They support the leads with strong expertise and their voices all match without anyone trying to steal focus. The ballet dancers are beautiful to watch as the gracefully move about the stage. Jakob Karr, Brandt Martinez, and Nick McGough all take control of their bodies whether they are doing traditional ballet or modern breakdancing. Matthew Hydzik plays the young boss, Nick Hurley. His voice is strong and he emotes well. He holds his own presence on stage even when up against a powerhouse like Padgett - who, as the dancer/welder Alex Owens, is absolutely fantastic. Her personality is bubbly enough to hold onto her dreams while not allowing herself to fall prey in a male-dominated steelworkers' world. Her voice is clear and she sings with a strong instrument. But, as can be expected, it is her dancing that takes center stage. She moves like a 'maniac,' dancing in frenzy where every muscle on her taut body can be seen.

Fans of the 1983 film will notice some changes have been made in the transition from screen to stage. Several characters have been combined to form Gloria (Kelly Felthous), the ditzy dancer and best friend whom Alex takes under her protective wing. Hurley, the boss, is younger here to provide a love interest for Alex and to help create a new storyline. Sixteen new songs have been written for the stage production (which fit into the storyline very well) while the favorite film hits have been incorporated as well. 'Maniac,' 'I Love Rock And Roll,' 'Manhunt,' 'Gloria,' and, of course, the 'What a Feeling' theme song, are all done by members of the cast to help further the plot. And for those who are fans of the infamous shower-chair scene, it is still here, with minor adaptations.

Flashdance is expected to open on Broadway later this year. Its next stop is Portland, where it will play the Keller Auditorium from April 23 to 28.

FLASHDANCE FILM TRIVIA
Three actresses were considered for the role of Alex in the 1983 film: Jennifer Beals, Demi Moore, and Leslie Wing. Actors considered for the role of Nick were Gene Simmons (of KISS), Robert DeNiro, and Kevin Costner. The film generated great controversy when an unbilled actress did the 'danceovers' for Beals. It garnered several major hits: 'Maniac' (nominated for an Academy Award), 'Gloria' (by the late Laura Branigan), and the theme, 'Flashdance & What a Feeling' (performed by Irene Cara, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song). While a sequel was at one time being planned, Beals turned down the offer to reprise her role and it subsequently was shelved.

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