Tuesday’s Opening Night performance of “Flashdance – The Musical” filled the Fox Theatre with memorable eighties music and skilled dance. The story of Pittsburgh’s Alex Owen and her struggle to become a professional dancer has transcended the movie screen to it’s home on the stage. Alex juggles day jobs to support her passion for dance at night after experiencing loss during childhood. Woven with relationships of her supervisors and supporters, love complicates the self-sufficient plans she has for herself.
Though the love interest and dance club drama fill the stage, I personally enjoyed seeing the connection Alex has with her mentor. Hannah is an older professional dancer who encourages and supports Alex despite the obstacles. That relationship is a foundation for Alex’s maturity and sense of responsibility.
“Flashdance – The Musical” fills the stage with dance beyond the expected. The sets and lighting are beautifully choreographed to create very different environments within the show. Vocal talent is strong in this performance company and the juxtaposition of street dance to traditional forms is a delightful addition to the story. This musical would make a wonderful date night or girls night out, but leave the little ones at home (My personal recommendation is 13 and above.) due to the subject matter and language.
“Flashdance – The Musical” runs at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre through Sunday, February 10th. There are five shows left and tickets can be purchased through the Fox Atlanta Ticket offices.