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Play Review

Thursday, 12 March, 2015 0:26 AM

'Flashdance' is a crowd pleaser at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

Photo by Chad Brem

Karli Dinardo as Alex Owens and company in the National Tour of FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL.

 

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria@americajr.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- "Flashdance--The Musical" debuted at Detroit's Fisher Theatre on March 10 and runs through the 22. As the guests were being seated, the stage screen before the musical started was in 3-D. Very cool, I might add.

Act I begins at Hurley Steel factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Alex Owens (Karli Dinardo) works as a welder there by day and is a dancer at Harry's Bar at night. However, her dream is to be a professional ballet dancer and wants to go to Shipley Academy to perfect her craft. Her best friend Gloria (Heidi Friese) also works at Harry's as a waitress.

Her boss Nick Hurley (Adam J. Rennie) flirts with her and wants to go on a date. But Alex says "she won't date the boss." He gets rejected every time. Then he fires her. Realizing he's not being fair, she agrees to go out with him. A romance blossoms.

Alex gets hold of an application to get into Shipley Academy, fills it out, and goes on her first audition. She fails miserably. Behind her back, Nick makes a "donation" to the Academy in order to get her a second audition. To her surprise, she gets a letter in the mail asking her to do a solo second audition.

There is a 20-minute intermission between the acts.

Act II opens at the Chameleon Club, a strip joint where Gloria is a dancer there and tries to be the "next big thing." Then May 29 comes along for Alex's solo audition. Her performance is electrifying as she is dancing to "Flashdance--What a feeling."

Flashdance--The Musical features a score including the hit songs from the 1983 movie, all of which became top ten hits on the radio around the world. Other familiar songs were "Maniac," "Gloria" and "I Love Rock 'n Roll." In addition, there are 16 brand new songs written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth. The musical was directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The Flashdance Orchestra was conducted by Eric Fotre Leach.

I enjoyed the show and would definitely recommend it.

Performance times for "Flashdance--The Musical" are Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m., Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$90 (includes parking and facility fees) and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at ticketmaster.com or broadwayindetroit.com or at the Fisher Theatre box office located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd.

OVERALL GRADE: A

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Photo by Chad Brem

Karli Dinardo as Alex Owens and Adam Rennie as Nick Hurley in the National Tour of FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL.

 

Photo Credit: Denise Truscell

Scene from FLASHDANCE

 

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