Flashdance The Musical to Open at West End's Shaftesbury Theatre in Fall

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Flashdance The Musical, based on the 1983 film of the same name, will open at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre in the fall.

It will begin performances Sept. 24, prior to an official opening Oct. 14, and is currently booking through Feb. 26, 2011.

Written by Tom Hedley and Robert Cary, with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth, the musical is based on the Paramount Pictures film, which had a screenplay by Hedley and Joe Eszterhasa and story by Hedley. It will be directed by Nikolai Foster with choreography by Arlene Phillips and orchestrations and musical supervision by Phil Edwards. The producers are Christopher Malcolm, David Ian, The Baruch Viertel Routh Frankel Group and Transamerica. Casting is still to be announced.

Set in Pittsburgh, USA, Flashdance The Musical tells the story of 18-year old Alex, a welder by day and "flashdancer" by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. According to press materials, this musical about holding on to your dreams and love against all the odds features a score that includes "Maniac," "Manhunt," "Gloria," "I Love Rock and Roll" and the Academy Award-winning title track "Flashdance -What a Feeling."

Foster has directed Coward’s Hay Fever for Chichester Festival Theatre, the national tour of The Witches of Eastwick, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Bryony Lavery and Jason Carr for Birmingham Rep, Orwell’s Animal Farm at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Barry Hines’ Kes, adapted by Lawrence Till for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Touring Consortium.

Phillips has choreographed the West End musicals Grease, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express and most recently, The Sound of Music. As director and choreographer, her credits include Starlight Express – The Tour, Saturday Night Fever and EFX at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Her work on Starlight Express and Saturday Night Fever was also seen in the Broadway incarnations of those shows. In 2002 she was awarded the OBE for Services to Dance. She was a judge on BBC1’s hugely popular "Strictly Come Dancing" for six series, continuing her role on Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour. Most recently she has been seen on TV screens as a judge for BBC1's "So You Think You Can Dance." Malcolm's producing credits include The Rocky Horror Show, which he also directed and managed throughout the world from 1990 till 2004. As an actor, as well as appearing in many stage productions and films, he played Saffy’s father Justin in the BBC comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous."

Ian's West End producing credits include Grease, La Cage aux Folles, The King and I, Saturday Night Fever, Guys and Dolls, The Producers and The Sound of Music.

American producers Steven Baruch, Tom Viertel, Marc Routh and Richard Frankel have produced and general-managed plays and musicals on and off-Broadway, in London and on tour for over 24 years including Hairspray, A Little Night Music, Stomp, Young Frankenstein, Porgy and Bess, The Producers, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music and Smokey Joe's Café.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7379 5399, or visit www.flashdancethemusical.com for more details.

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