Although I'm in my mid fifties now, I can clearly remember the poster of actress Jennifer Beals wearing a gray sweatshirt with a large neck hole in it. She was advertising the 1983 popular film by the name of Flashdance. Although the film, billed as a romantic drama, originally received many negative reviews from critics all over the world, Flashdance went on to become one of the most popular films of the period.
Flashdance, the movie that often had scenes that were reminiscent of music videos of the time tells the interesting story of Alex Owens, played by Jennifer Beals, who was an aspiring professional dancer whose goal was to be able to attend the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory, a prestigious dance academy. While taking dance lessons, Alex held a job working as a welder in the local steel mill in town and doing exotic dancing at a bar at night. Alex's love interest in the film was Nick Hurley, played by long time actor Michael Nouri, the star of many movies and the Broadway stage as well. Nick is the owner of the steel mill who falls for Alex immediately and manages to get her an audition at the school by asking for a favor.
Some 30 years later, after playing in London's West End as a musical stage adaption of the movie for a short while and closing in early 2011, a local team of Broadway producers is bringing Flashdance the Musical to Broadway for an open ended run at one of Broadway's top theaters. Right now the show is planning to play on Broadway in August of 2013.
I can still remember so many of the great songs that will be an integral part of Flashdance the Musical. The ones that stand out the most are " I Love Rock and Roll", " Maniac", " Gloria", and especially Irene Cara's hit song Flashdance...What a Feeling". The pre-Broadway tour will be directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, who is very well known for his work in Memphis the Musical and Jersey Boys on Broadway. The tour starts this month and is scheduled to play in 25 markets around the country. Although there have been no casting announcements yet, I have learned that the London version of this musical will be mostly rewritten with a substantial re staging of the show by the new producing team.
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