Flashdance – The Musical Will Get a Private Performance at 54 Below
03 Oct 2012
Material from Flashdance — The Musical will be performed during a special private event Oct. 15 at 54 Below. The evening promises hits from the film and new material penned for the stage adaptation.
Playbill first reported the evening as a public event, per the 54 Below website, which was later amended. The 7 PM concert gives audiences the chance to hear music from the production prior to its national tour launch in January 2013 and a Broadway engagement next August.
Songs promised in the concert include "What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Manhunt," "I Love Rock & Roll," as well as 16 new songs written exclusively for the stage production.
Flashdance features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Cary, music by Robbie Roth, lyrics by Cary and Roth and direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
Performers for the evening have not been announced.
The musical, according to press notes, "tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh with a dream of becoming a professional dancer. She works by day as a steel mill welder, and a bar dancer at night while aspiring to be accepted at a prestigious ballet academy. When Alex catches the eye of her boss Nick Hurley, their romance shows her the meaning of love and drives her ambition to pursue her dream."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.