I can’t actually express how much I enjoyed the opening of Flashdance the musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End this week.
My pal Matt Willis – of Busted fame – is ace as the strapping leading man in his first musical theatre role and he’s opposite a truly spectacular actress named Victoria Hamilton-Barritt.
Victoria’s performance will leave you gagging for more – she even does the infamous wet dancing scene from the movie! She told me after the show: “This feels like the start of something special. We’ve all worked incredibly hard on the show and it’s time for people to see our work. You just know when things feel right and everything’s falling into place.” Indeed!
The stars were out in full force for the opening. I sat alongside Lord Webber, Queen’s Brian May and Anita Dobson, Duncan James, Louie Spence and Kelly Brook. Everybody looked happy.
And one person who deserves a big old pat on the back is Arlene Phillips – she’s worked her backside off on this show choreographing all the big numbers. It’s the best thing on the West End for any dance fan right now. Go see it!
Photography: The Picture Library