PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Flashdance — The Musical on Tour, Starring Emily Padgett

By Matthew Blank
07 Jan 2013

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.)



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Director-choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Addams Family) stages the new work. Read the Playbill magazine interview with Trujillo.

The cast also features Kelly Felthous as Gloria, DeQuina Moore as Kiki, Jo Ann Cunningham as Hannah, David R. Gordon as Jimmy, Matthew Henerson as Harry and Christian Whelan in the role of C.C., with Holly Ann Butler, Claire Camp, Derek Carley, Ryan Carlson, Natalie Caruncho, Lynorris Evans, Thursday Farrar, Charlene Hoffman, Holly Laurent, Jakob Karr, Dan Kohler, Brandt Martinez, Nicholas McGough, Ariela Morgenstern, Rebecca Riker, Andrea Spiridonakos and Lawrence Street.

The Flashdance touring company will play at least 25 cities. A separate Broadway company will begin performances at a New York City theatre to be announced in August 2013, for an open-ended engagement.

The year 2013 mark the 30th anniversary of the pop-cultural phenomenon. "With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance — The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer," according to the producers. "When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream."

Flashdance features a score including the hit songs from the movie, all of which became Top Ten hits on the radio around the world including the Academy Award-winning title song ("Flashdance – What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," "I Love Rock & Roll"), plus 16 new songs written for the stage (music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth).

The book is by Robert Cary and Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas).

Padgett's Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde and Grease. She appeared in the world premiere of White Noise at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

Hydzik, a Pittsburgh native, was last seen on Broadway starring as Tony in the revival of West Side Story, and played Kenickie in Grease, plus national tours of Rent, Fame and Grease.

Pittsburgh native Rak, at the age of 17, joined the national tour of Cats. Her Broadway credits include Fosse, Catch Me If You Can, Cats, Thou Shalt Not, Oklahoma!, The Look of Love and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She is featured in the documentary film "Every Little Step: The Making of A Chorus Line."

The production features lighting design by Howell Binkley, scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, projection design by Peter Nigrini and costumes by Paul Tazewell with sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Charles LaPointe and make-up design by Cookie Jordan.

The production also features music arrangements and supervision by Jason Howland, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, dance arrangements by Jim Abbott.

Visit flashdancethemusical.com.

As previously reported, dates for the national tour currently include:

St Louis, MO, Jan. 8-13, 2013, Peabody Opera House
Louisville, KY, Jan. 15-20, 2013, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Grand Rapids, MI, Jan. 22-27, 2013, DeVos Hall
Wilmington, DE, Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2013, DuPont Theater
Atlanta, GA, Feb. 5-10, 2013, Fox Theatre
Baltimore, MD, Feb. 12-17, 2013, Hippodrome Theatre at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Tampa, FL, Feb. 19-24, 2013, Straz Center
New Orleans, LA, Feb. 26-March 3, 2013, Mahalia Jackson Theater
Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 5-17, 2013, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Nashville, TN, March 19-24, 2013, Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN, April 2-7, 2013, Orpheum Theatre
Spokane, WA, April 11-14, 2013, INB West Performing Arts Center
Seattle, WA, April 16-21, 2013, The Paramount Theatre
Portland, OR, April 23-28, 2013, Keller Auditorium
Tempe, AZ, April 30-May 5, 2013, ASU Gammage
Costa Mesa, CA, May 7-19, 2013, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Houston, TX, June 4-15, 2013, Sarofim Hall
San Antonio, TX June 18-23, 2013, Majestic Theatre
Dallas, TX, June 25-July 7, 2013, Music Hall

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