Broadway in Chicago presents FLASHDANCE.
First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream
That your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind
All alone I have cried, silent tears full of pride
In a world made of steel, made of stone
Full disclosure: I cried. It was a mixture of Irene Cara’s lyrics, Jillian Mueller’s dancing and my own movie remembrances. FLASHDANCE made me flashback to an era of torn sweatshirts, breakdancing and girlhood dreams.
The popular 1980s movie is reincarnated. The story is about a steelworker by day/dancer by night who dreams of going to ballet school. The familiar tunes of “Manhunt,” “Gloria,” and “What a feeling” are sung alongside new songs. And the iconic images from the movie - the bra, the bucket of water, the black two piece - appear on stage resulting in applause and hooting from the audience.
FLASHDANCE was always about the dancing. And Director and Choreographer Sergio Trujillo orchestrates a spectrum of styles in this musical. Trujillo features pirouettes, moonwalking, pole-sliding to mix classic with modern dance. Of course, Mueller (Alex) revisits the celebrated film moves like running in place and dancing on the judges‘ table. Mueller, along with DeQuina Moore (Kiki) and Katie Webber (Tess), energetically kick it up with some dazzling footwork. In small supporting roles, Moore and Webber make an impression as the seasoned and full-of-moxie dancers.
Like the movie was, the play is a dude’s idea of romance. Playwright Tom Hedley wrote the book (along with Robert Cary), the screenplay (along with Joe Eszterhas) and conceived the story. A beautiful woman knows how to use a blowtorch and straddle a chair plus removes lingerie during conversations. That is a man’s sexual fantasy. FLASHDANCE the musical is still burdened by Flashdance the movie’s shortcomings. The plot is trite. The dialogue stilted. And the relationship is too convenient. So what?
Flashdance the movie was never an Oscar winner. It was a cult classic. Fans of the movie will enjoy this rendition as a timeless tribute. Costume Designer Paul Tazewell perfectly dresses it up just like we did in the 80s. In fact, one of his jean jacket, pink tights, black head scarf outfits looked like an ensemble I did wear. FLASHDANCE revisited is a fun, visual memory of the past.
Running Time: Two hours and thirty minutes includes an intermission
At Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph
Book by Tom Hedley and Robert Cary
Based on the Paramount Pictures film; screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas. Story by Tom Hedley
Music by Robbie Roth
Lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth
Music supervision and arrangements by Jason Howland
Direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
Additional performances: August 14th at 2pm, August 11th at 7:30pm
Thru August 18th
Buy Tickets at www.BroadwayinChicago.com