Nothing wrong with adapting an iconic movie – but the creative team behind this stage version of the 1983 film throws far too much into the story of Pittsburgh welder and wannabe ballet dancer Alex in a flawed attempt to make the transition work.
An apprentice welder in a Pittsburgh steel mill, Alex is desperate to win a place at a prestigious dance academy. On the way there’s romance, tragedy, pole-dancing and a batch of new, forgettable musical numbers which can’t live up to “What a Feeling” and “Maniac”.
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt demonstrates capable energy, if not charisma, in the lead role, Charlotte Harwood is vulnerable as her mate Gloria who’s tempted into the wrong company, and the talented ensemble execute Arlene Phillips’ sassily edgy and eclectic choreography with impressive flair.
Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP
020 7379 5399
Tube: Holborn/Covent Garden/Tottenham Court Road
Booking until 26th February 2011
– Louise Kingsley