As I was watching all those talented dancers on stage I was actually exhausted. And here I was doing nothing but sitting in my chair. All the stage action reminded me of a film called Fast & Furious.
The show is Flashdance, now playing through this Sunday only (Feb. 17) at the Hippodrome in Baltimore.
I’m telling you the dancing is incredible, and not just the leads but everyone in this very talented cast who are now on a national tour.
To be very sure Emily Padgett as Alex, with Broadway experience, is out of sight outstanding. How she manages eight shows a week I do not know. Yes she is in tremendous shape, but this show requires lots of fast paced dancing.
The play is based on the very popular 1983 film with Jennifer Biel and Kevin Bacon. For the stage, 16 songs have been added. Another company will be opening this show on Broadway in August.
If you remember the show and had been listening to the radio during the 80′s you should recall songs like Maniac, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and of course the title song.
The story is set in Pittsburgh and is based around Alex, who works by day in the steel mill but at night is a bar dancer with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. Romance blossoms with her boss, Nick, as it always does, when they both fall in love. Then there’s the storyline of an audition at a dance academy to contend with. But the entire show is tied together by the dancing and music.
Performances are evenings at 8, with matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.. But remember, Flashdance closes February 17. For tickets call 410-547-SEAT or go to broadwayacrossamerica.com.