If you’ve seen the Paramount Pictures film of Flashdance, you’ll know the drill. 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, dreams of becoming a professional dancer. But will romance complicate her ambition?
With the show predominantly focusing on dance, it’s important the cast have some serious moves.
Step forward Joanne Clifton, World & European Champion ballroom dancer and Strictly Come Dancing champion. I’ve seen her live before in the title role of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and she was fantastic. She’s a smooth dancer but most importantly carries plenty of charisma.
Joanne says: “It’s another amazing opportunity in my musical theatre career and I can once again sing and act alongside dancing! I just hope the water’s not too cold when it falls on me!”
Playing romantic lead Nick Hurley is Ben Adams, of a1 fame.
A strong classical singer also, Ben seems to be racking up plenty of accolades on his CV, including reaching the final of Celebrity Big Brother, the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing, and Master Chef in Denmark. Don’t worry, for most of us he’ll always be Ben from a1, and that’s okay too.
The film was in the Top 10 Box Office in the States for 15 weeks after release and the soundtrack album sold 700,000 copies within two weeks of release, so it’s fair to guess the musical tour will be popular too!
Academy Award and Golden Globe award winning song, Flashdance – What a Feeling stirs up memories of Robert Webb dancing for Comic Relief, but don’t let that put you off. I’m sure Joanne Clifton will do a fantastic job!