In the film Beals played Alex, a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night who dreams of a dancing career.
The creative team for the stage show includes director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun and Gem of the Ocean on Broadway); Thomas Hedley, Jr., who wrote the screenplay to the original movie; and Robert Cary, the lyricist of another screen-to-stage adaptation, The Thomas Crown Affair; and choreographer Arlene Phillips.
The production is the latest adaptation of such eighties music-based movies as Dirty Dancing, Footloose and the critically panned Desperately Seeking Susan.
Flashdance is presented by Christopher Malcolm, David Ian and AEGON in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Paramount Pictures.
The cast for Flashdance has yet to be announced.