Flashdance | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Flashdance The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 18 2013

There never was—no, nor ever will be—a blue-collar strip joint like Harry's, where performers disdain the standard bump and grind, opting instead for modesty, dignity, creativity, and Broadway-quality production values. In fact, there's not much anybody'd recognize as realistic in this stage musical based on a hit 1983 movie—so suspend all disbelief, ye who enter here, and you'll have a much better time. Flashdance is a pure Cinderella story, about a tough steel-town girl named Alex, who welds in a mill by day, works at Harry's by night, and dreams of a career in the highbrow world of dance. She's pursued by a prince with a Porsche, but her prole loyalties get in the way, at least until the happy ending. Sergio Trujillo's touring production is sharp, smooth, and full of energy, with lots of strong supporting performances, and Jillian Mueller's Alex is appropriately feisty. One flaw, though: her big final number lacks the star-is-born magic it needs. —Tony Adler

Price: $18-$85


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