The West End arrived in style at the Millenium Forum as Flashdance the Musical mesmerised on opening night, delivering an action packed performance of dance and music.
A heady pace from the beginning, the cast continued to enthrall the audience for the entire show, captivating and entertaining throughout.
An evening of hand clapping and feet tapping was had by all, resulting in the entire auditorium taking to their feet for a well deserved standing ovation.
The dancing was energetic and remarkable, as the routines seemed to combined modern dance with zumba, kickboxing and acrobatics while the choreography itself was spectacular.
The stage was awash with movement as the cast who were clad in multi coloured lycra, a throw back to the eighties, delivered an explosion of energy throughout. The show was a absolute joy to watch, and I challenge anyone not to hop and bop along to each and every number from the outset.
Flashdance tells the story of Alex, performed by Joanne Clifton, a welder by day and 'flashdancer' by night, who dreams of attending the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. The story itself is told entirely through the medium of song and dance, with the exception of a few lines, and as is life, nothing is ever straightforward, so we have the sub plot of romance and friendship and the theme of following your dreams no matter what.
The cast were amazing. Joanne Clifton who you may remember from dancing across our screens on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, hypnotised with not only her sensational dancing but also her beautiful singing. How she managed to accompanying note perfect song alongside the energy and exuberance of her performance from start to finish was incredible.
Her love interest in the form of Ben Adams was not only easy on the eye, but also had a truly wonderful singing voice to accompany those good looks. What’s not to like?
We sang along to all the classics such as ‘Gloria’, ‘I love Rock 'n' Roll’, and of course the title track from Flashdance, ‘What a Feeling’.
The title song sums up how we the audience felt about the performance. Although we were there to watch a musical, it was impossible not to sway and dance to the rhythm and sing along to all the songs, regardless if we knew them or not. We were happily exhausted by the end of the evening and in awe of the cast who definitely gave us a first rate West End performance here in the North West.
All I can say is What A Feeling. Treat yourself this week by heading along to the Forum and catch the wonderful Flashdance and you will be hopping and bopping, clapping and singing all the way home.
Flashdance the Musical runs at the Millennium Forum until 24th March with tickets from £22.50 BOOK HERE