Flashdance — The Musical Will Arrive on Broadway in August 2013
By Andrew Gans
Flashdance — The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1983 film, will arrive on Broadway in August 2013, producers announced Sept. 4. The musical has been substantially rewritten and restaged following its London world premiere.
Theatre, dates and casting will be announced at a later time.
As previously announced, Flashdance will launch a separate national touring company in January 2013 at the Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, the steel town that serves as the musical’s setting. That production will play over 25 markets in North America.
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.
Flashdance will be produced on Broadway by Steven Baruch, Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Terri and Timothy Childs, Transamerica with executive producer Tom Hedley in association with Paramount Pictures.
On behalf of the producers, Routh said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be bringing Flashdance to Broadway. The new work we’ve already seen Sergio create in the studio is downright brilliant. He’s come up with new ways of storytelling through dance that bring you immediately to the heart of this iconic story of a girl with a dream in a way I’ve never seen. And we all remember where we were when we first heard these hit songs, they bring you back to a place in time. But what’s also exciting is how sixteen new original songs fit so seamlessly into the score, and will surely become standards of their own. We can’t wait to for audiences to embrace this new musical across the country on tour and then in the separate flagship production on Broadway.”
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."
The original Paramount Pictures film grossed over $150 million and featured a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack. The musical version includes the hit songs from the movie: “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” “I Love Rock & Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand-new original songs have been written for the stage by Roth and Cary.
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