Flashdance: The Musical


The Zeiterion produced a spirited and lively performance of the classic movie-turned musical adaption, Flashdance: The Musical. Julia Macchio embodied the female lead role of Alex Owens (played originally by Jennifer Beals in the movie), who holds a fiery passion and goals that most people would limit as strictly hypothetical, for them appearing to be too far out of reach.

The first thing to come to life after the curtains opened was the effect of a bright, shower of sparks that shot out from a welding prop. Aside from the iconic “water-poured-over-dancer-in-chair-after-finishing-dance-routine” moment, this was the only other theatrical effect, albeit a successful and mesmerizing one, that the show enlisted.

Ryan Neal Green functioned as Alex’s boss-turned-love interest, Nick, and pursued her character with the same level of rigor, focus, intensity and dedication that we all wish our super officers did…right?

Each character in the show came equipped with their own utility belt, stuffed with well-timed digs and a responsive audience. The role of Hannah, played by Tracy Bidleman, was particularly effective when it came time for drawing laughs from the crowd.

The only time I felt a joke was slightly over the line was when a reference was made to Coco Chanel being a Nazi sympathizer. However, the facts are true, so I cannot say that the show is slander, I just felt slightly uncomfortable at the jest.

When Flashdance was created, it introduced many popular hits of today’s such as, “What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll,” all of which are in the live performance. This music makes the show enjoyable for both kids and adults, especially in the finale- “What a Feeling” that also makes sure to include within the choreography a variety in selection of dance styles performed. There are mature themes within the show, such as drug abuse and prostitution, so it is best left to parents to decide if the show is appropriate or not for their child.

As far as singing goes, “My Turn,” stood apart from the rest. The duet was sung beautifully between Alex and Nick, then other random dancers join in towards the other end. There was the jumping off of couches and the audience’s emotional connection to Alex strengthens when they see how truly hard she is willing to work in order to get into dance school.

For this song, nothing happened in terms of microphone malfunctions, as what happened in the intro song of “Prologue,” when the audience couldn’t entirely distinguish between one voice and the next. There were no more problems of this severity for the remaining two hours of the show, which typically is a crisis problem leading up to the climax of Freitag’s pyramid.

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