The national tour of Flashdance — The Musical, the fairy tale of a lady steelworker who dreams of legit dance while moonlighting as an exotic dancer, began Jan. 1 in Pittsburgh, where the action of the show (and the movie before it) is set. The troupe includes Emily Padgett as Alex, Matthew Hydzik as Nick and Rachelle Rak as Tess.
This tour marks the world premiere of a new stage adaptation of the hit 1983 film, revised since its London stage premiere in 2010. It plays Heinz Hall. The Jan. 1-6 run is the dawn of a new national tour that represents rewrites and new creative team since the title's stage premiere in London. (Technically, it's the world premiere of a new stage version; the writers from London remain, but audiences can expect something "completely re-envisioned," with "new songs, new book, new creative team and overall a different physical production," a spokesman told Playbill.com.)