Flashdance – The Musical is to return to the UK for the first time since 2011, starring Strictly favourite Joanne Clifton and singer/songwriter Ben Adams. The show will arrive at Glasgow King’s Theatre on 5 August 2017 prior to an extensive UK tour.
Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton is also a World and European Champion ballroom dancer, and is one of very few pro dancers to have won both the main Strictly glitter ball with Ore Oduba last year and the Christmas Special in 2015 with Harry Judd.
Clifton made her musical theatre debut in the UK premiere of the Irving Berlin musical Face the Music at London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, for which she was nominated for an Off West End Award.
She followed this up with a turn as Marilyn Monroe in the Norma Jeane Musical (Lost Theatre, London) and then tread the boards as Millie Dillmount in the UK tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
She is now excited to take on her latest starring role as Alex Owens in the UK tour of Flashdance.
Clifton said: “This is just another dream come true! I think everyone in the world, whether dancer or non-dancer, as soon as they hear ‘What a Feeling’, remember that iconic scene at the end of the film. I’m so incredibly lucky that I get to do that every night in a UK tour.
“It’s another amazing opportunity in my musical theatre career and I can once again sing and act alongside dancing.”
Ben Adams, who will join Clifton on stage as Nick Hurley, has been singing and performing since the age of eight.
His career started as head chorister at St. Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey, singing at Royal weddings, touring all over Europe, recording two classical albums, and frequently singing for the likes of the Queen and the Pope.
At 16, he became the lead singer of the band a1, which racked up 10 million record sales, two UK No. 1s, five studio albums and toured throughout the world.
When the band split, Adams took to the studio and is now a successful songwriter and producer, working with the likes of Robin Thicke, Craig David, JLS, Ward Thomas, Sam Bailey, Boyzone and Alexandra Burke, to name but a few.
He also reached the final of Celebrity Big Brother, the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing, and Master Chef in Denmark.
His first solo album 1981 will be launched early 2018.
In 2010, a1 reformed and sold out arena concerts across Europe. They continue to tour throughout the world.
Adams has also written a brand new musical called Eugenius that is set to hit the West End stage next year.
Adams added: “It’s amazing to be part of such an iconic story, and as an 80s child I was brought up on this music, so I couldn’t be happier playing Nick in the theatre production of Flashdance.
“While I continue with my own music career and touring with a1, musical theatre has always been a real passion of mine, so to be asked to play this role, and to be working with such an amazing cast and crew is a real honour.”
Additional cast members includes: Colin Kiyani, Rikki Chamberlain, Garry Lee Netley, Carol Ball, Sia Dauda, Hillie Ann Lowe, Simeon Beckett, Rhodri Watkins, Demmileigh Foster, Emily Kenwright, Ameila Rose Fielding, Alex Christian and Matt Concannon.
With a book by the co-screenwriter of the original film Tom Hedley and Robert Carey, and lyrics by Carey and Robbie Roth, Flashdance the Musical features the distinctive Giorgio Moroder/Irene Cara award-winning title track ‘Flashdance (What a Feeling)’ as well as the hits ‘Maniac’ and ‘Gloria’.
The tour is presented by Selladoor Productions, producers of Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors, and Runaway Entertainment (producers of In The Heights, Guys and Dolls and Lazarus.
* Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams will appear in Flashdance until 9 December 2017. Casting for venues in 2018 is to be arranged.