Edinburgh Fringe dance show Flash Mob brings together TV dance show favourites
Tommy Franzen and others from Got to Dance and So You Think You Can Dance?
This article is from 2012.
Performance-based reality TV shows get a bad rap for chewing up talent and spitting it out again. That’s where this production by World Dance Management steps in with a slick new show spotlighting dancers who shot to prominence on programmes like Sky1’s Got to Dance and BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance?
Tommy Franzen was a muscular, fleet-footed contestant on the first edition of the latter series. He looks back on it as ‘an amazing challenge and experience.’ But, he adds, such shows are ‘only tools. It’s up to you to make yourself successful.’ With Olivier and Critics Circle nominations under his belt, and gigs with the likes of Kate ‘Zoo Nation’ Prince and Russell Maliphant, Franzen is certainly that.
In Flash Mob he, a Latin-grooving duo from the film StreetDance 2 3D, the groups Alleviate and A-Team and others join forces for what Franzen dubs ‘a celebration of dance where everyone gets a chance to shine.’ The director is Gary Lloyd, whose CV is topped by the Michael Jackson tribute musical Thriller Live plus work with a slew of big name from Tom Jones to Leona Lewis. All the dance routines are said to be inspired by the show’s two titular words. So get it while it’s hot.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 14), 6pm, £14.50–£17.50 (£12–£15.50). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £10.