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Flashdance The Musical posts closing notices

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FLASHDANCE The Musical, which began performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre on September 25, 2010, has posted early closing notices. Originally booking until February 26, 2011, it will now complete its run on January 15.

In a statement confirming the closing date, the producers thanked “all those involved for their phenomenal hard work on the show”.

All Patrons holding tickets for performances from January 17, 2011 onwards should contact their original point of sale for full refunds.

Previously Posted: Former Busted frontman Matt Willis and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt will lead the cast of Flashdance: The Musical when it opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre this autumn.

Previewing from September 24, 2010, with Gala night on October 14, Flashdance: The Musical is currently booking until February 26, 2011.

Written by Tom Hedley and Robert Cary, with music by Robbie Roth, lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth, Flashdance: The Musical will be directed at the Shaftesbury Theatre by Nikolai Foster with choreography by Arlene Phillips and orchestrations and musical supervision by Phil Edwards.

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt will play Alex, and Matt Willis will play Nick.

Singer, musician and presenter Matt Willis was a founder member of the British pop rock band Busted, after which he embarked on a solo career, releasing the singles Up All Night, Hey Kid and Don’t Let It Go to Waste, as well as a cover version of The Primitives’ song Crash for the feature film Mr Bean’s Holiday.

Willis went on to win the 2006 ITV series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Subsequently, he has been a presenter of ITV2’s coverage of the BRIT Awards and returned as a co-host on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

During his stage school training with Sylvia Young he appeared on television in The Bill, Casualty and EastEnders.

Victoria Hamilton Barritt

Victoria created the role of Alex for the UK tour of Flashdance: The Musical. She has most recently been seen playing the role of Rizzo in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Her other theatre credits include Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Fame at the Aldwych Theatre, Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre as well as Saturday Night Fever UK Tour and West Side Story International Tour. Her film credits include A Bunch of Amateurs and A Tale of Two Cities.

Matt and Victoria will be joined by Sarah Ingram (Hannah), Charlotte Harwood (Gloria), Hannah Levane (Keisha) and Twinnie-Lee Moore (Jazmin) with Brendan Cull, Russell Dixon, Sam Mackay, Ricky Rojas, Andrew Spillett and Robbie White, as well as Ivan Blackstock, Tyman Boatwright, Myles Brown, Joseph Conner, Natalie Edmunds, Nicholas Gilligan, Zoe Green, James Hall, Ben Harrold, Emily Hawgood, Kirby Huges, Sia Kiwa, Lindsay Shaw, Maria Swainson, Amy Thornton and Daniel Uppal.

Set in Pittsburgh, USA, Flashdance: The Musical tells the story of 19-year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.

This musical about holding on to your dreams and love against all the odds features an iconic score, including Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock and Roll and the Academy award-winning title track, Flashdance – What a Feeling, as well as 14 new songs written specially for the musical by Rob Cary and Robbie Roth.

Nikolai Foster’s recent directing credits include Noel Coward’s Hay Fever for Chichester Festival Theatre, the national tour of The Witches of Eastwick, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Bryony Lavery and Jason Carr for Birmingham Rep, Orwell’s Animal Farm at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Barry Hines’ Kes, adapted by Lawrence Till for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Touring Consortium.

He has been director on attachment at the Sheffield Crucible, the Royal Court and the National Theatre Studio.

Multi award-winning choreographer Arlene Phillips has choreographed the West End musicals Grease, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express and, most recently, The Sound of Music.

She has also been a judge on BBC1’s hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing for six series, continuing her role on Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour, and most recently has been seen on television as a judge for BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance. In 2002, Arlene was awarded the OBE for Services to Dance.

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