Flashdance at Sunderland Empire
I was invited to the Sunderland Empire to the press night of Flashdance. Based on the 1983 hit film of the same name, this successful musical has grossed more than £200 million world wide. The Sunderland production starred 'Strictly' star Joanne Clifton as Alex Owens, and 'A1' singer Ben Adams as Nick Hurley. The show opened with some fantastic visuals and a high energy dance routines. The opening few minutes set the tone for the evenings entertainment. Joanne Clifton was triumphant as Alex. Her dancing, and more surprisingly her singing skills, were superb. I had no idea that such a powerful voice could come out of someone so small. Ben Adams oozed charm as Nick Hurley and the on-stage chemistry between the pair was electric. The show packed in all the key moments from the film; hot dance routines, 80s fashion and soundtrack, and the famous chair scene was cleverly executed. A high energy, action-packed show that will literally get you up dancing in the aisles.