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Thursday, June 22

Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams to star in new tour of Flashdance

Flashdance – The Musical returns to the UK on an extensive UK tour for the first time since 2011 starring Strictly Come dancing's Joanne Clifton and singer-songwriter Ben Adams opening in Glasgow on 4th August . They will be appearing in the 2017 leg of the tour, casting for 2018 venues is still to be confirmed.

Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton made her musical theatre debut in the role of Streetwalker in the UK premiere of the Irving Berlin musical Face The Music, followed by Marilyn Monroe in the Norma Jeane Musical. She is currently touring as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie for which she received  rave reviews.

She is now excited to take on her latest starring role as Alex Owens in the UK Tour of Flashdance saying; “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 and I'm so incredibly lucky that I get to do that every night in a UK TOUR along with fabulous numbers like "She's a Maniac." I'm over the moon! It's another amazing opportunity in my musical theatre career and I can once again sing and act alongside dancing! I just hope the water's not too cold when it falls on me!’

Ben Adams who is playing Nick Hurley is  the lead singer of the band A1, who racked up 10 million record sales, 2 UK number ones, 5 studio albums and toured throughout the world, winning a Brit award among many others. As well as writing for other artists, he went straight to number 1 in the itunes charts with his classical album titled One Beautiful Mourning. His first solo album 1981 will be launched early 2018.Ben has also written a brand-new musical called 'EUGENIUS!' Which after a sold-out London Palladium performance, is set to hit the West End stage next year.
Ben says:“It's amazing to be part of such an iconic story, and as an 80’s child I was brought up on this music so I couldn’t be happier playing Nick in the theatre production of Flashdance. Whilst 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. I look forward to seeing you all out on the road in the coming months”

 Additional cast 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

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