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Flashdance, the musical 
12th-Jan-2014 08:45 pm
Kaelikat and I went to the Kennedy Center for Flashdance, the musical. It was in the smaller Eisenhower theater, which was the right choice for the size of the production. Despite the constantly moving set and flashy lights, there just wasn't enough going on to justify the Opera House sized stage. This was a small story about small lives with big dreams.

I enjoyed myself, and I believe that this was a good use of my time and money. Unfortunately, the leading lady was not quite talented enough to shine over the company, and her voice was sharp. Honestly, neither of the leads was all that great. But the show hung together on the talent in all of the supporting cast and the seamlessness of the story flow. That stage crew was hopping to get everything moved and moving on time and in time. The smaller roles (such as the head of school auditions and the old retired ballerina) were where the casting really showed good choices.

ETA: It's interesting to do a self-check the next day. The music in this show was utterly forgettable. If you asked me what songs were sung, I could tell you there was a cute skit about the one word to describe dancing is "pain." Our heroine dances to "Maniac" and really looks that way. There is a point when the ensemble is singing "Gloria" about one of the characters' descent into drugs and implied prostitution, and there was a fun burlesque performance to Joan Jett and the Blackheart's "I Love Rock and Roll." There was also the last performance of "What a Feeling" but the lyrics didn't stick in my head At All.
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