Eighties electric synth pop and bright lights dazzled the auditorium as Joanne Clifton did her hometown of Grimsby exceedingly proud, with an outstanding lead performance in the stage adaption of the popular 1983 film Flashdance.
The entire cast lit up the stage with their rousing vocal performances, flawlessly choreographed dances and an infectiously positive feel good vibe. From boiler suits, to leather and metal studs, leopard print, leotards and dayglo sweatbands – this musical has it all!
Clifton portrays Alex Owens – a welder in a male-dominated Pittsburgh steel mill by day and a club dancer by night, whose true heart’s desire is to become a professional dancer at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy; a dream that seems just out of her reach.
Colin Kiyani plays Nick Hurley, heir to the steel mill fortune, he’s in a different class but is immediately drawn to Alex and a sweet romance blossoms despite him being her boss. The natural on stage chemistry between Kiyani and Clifton makes for a really engaging performance right from the start and you can really feel their passion and connection throughout.
Hollie-Ann Lowe gave an exceptional performance as Alex’s friend and fellow dancer Gloria, with a heart-warming rendition of her song ‘Gloria’.
Romance, heartbreak and of course lots of dancing, accompany Alex on her life changing journey to realise her dreams.
With a little “friends with connections” help from Nick and encouraged by the rather fierce but heartfelt words of her retired dancer friend Hannah; played lovingly by Carol Ball – Alex lands an audition and gets three precious minutes to show what she’s got.
Powerful, driving, electronic eighties beats from the live band, lively wide-ranging routines from a talented high-energy cast and some beautifully melodic duets between Clifton and Kiyani drive the performance forwards to an absolutely electric finale which had the whole auditorium on its feet – dancing and clapping along to “I Love Rock and Roll” and “What A Feeling”.
For me the highlights have to be the tremendously intense “Maniac” and “What A Feeling” dance routines with their eye watering splits and fast paced steps which were just spine tingling and hypnotic to watch.
My mum was particularly impressed by the great vocal performances and accents and said it was definitely worth watching.
Clifton was born for this role and performs it with an unstoppable determination and vigour, wowing the audience with every step she dances and every note she sings.
This exciting and vibrant musical is an absolute must see for anyone that has the drive to believe that dreams are possible!
Flashdance performances and tickets
Performances at Grimsby Auditorium are at 7.30pm with matinee performances on the Wednesday and Saturday.
Tickets for the Wednesday – Thursday performances and the Saturday matinee cost £16, £20, £25.50, £30.50, £36 and premium tickets are £40.
The Friday and Saturday evening performance tickets are £19, £24, £29.50, £34.50 £40, and premium tickets are £44. Concessions are available. To book tickets call the Box Office on 0300 300 0035 or book online at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk
There are no booking fees at the box office. Tickets are also available at Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre.
Kevin and Joanne Clifton
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