Thirty years after the film Flashdance hit the box office, it is being brought to life in a national tour on its way to Broadway. Grab an oversized sweatshirt, some leg warmers and throw a bucket of water over yourself in preparation for Flashdance-The Musical at Starlight Theatre July 9-14.
Flashdance -The Musical 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 production includes hit songs from the Grammy Award-winning movie soundtrack, all of which became Top Ten hits on the radio around the world including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 new original songs have been written for the stage by Robbie Roth and Robert Cary. This show contains mature content and strong language which is not suitable for all ages. Parental Guidance is suggested.
“For me, a baby boomer, this show is just iconic,“ said Denton Yockey, President and Executive Producer of Starlight Theatre. “The theme of pursuing your dream despite the obstacles is a timeless message. And adults will love the ‘80s retro music with cultural references.”
Flashdance –The Musical is the third of six shows in Starlight’s Broadway Series this summer. It is sponsored by the Missouri Lottery.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Starring in the role of Alex will be Jillian Mueller, last seen in the first national tours of Memphis and American Idiot. Her work on Broadway includes Bye Bye Birdie and two holiday seasons of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Mueller has also been seen on CBS’ A Gifted Man.
Other talented cast members with Broadway credits include Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story, Grease), Dequina Moore (Legally Blonde, Little Shop of Horrors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Happy Days, Hair), Katie Webber (Rock of Ages, Catch Me If You Can, Memphis, and Wicked), Jo Ann Cunningham (The King and I, Anna Karenina), Thursday Farrar (Aida, Parade, Once Upon a Mattress) and Kansas City native Haley Hannah (Bring It On).
Also joining the company are Carleigh Bettiol, Derek Carley, Ryan Carlson, Natalie Caruncho, Lynorris Evans, David R. Gordon, Matthew Henerson, Charlene Hoffman, Jarvis McKinley, Thursday Farrar, Ariela Morgenstern, Shane Ohmer, Austin Owen Katelyn Prominski, Angelo Soriano, Dani Spieler, Lawrence E. Street, Kamille Upshaw and Christian Whelan.
Sergio Trujillo is the director and choreographer. On Broadway, he has choreographed the 2010 Tony Award® winning Best Musical Memphis (OCC Award, Astaire and Drama Desk Award Nominations); 2006 Tony® and Olivier Award winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award nominations.); The Addams Family; 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal; All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nomination) and Leap of Faith.
Also joining the creative team are Tom Hedley (book), Robert Cary (book and lyrics), Robbie Roth (music and lyrics), Jason Howland (music supervision and arrangements, vocal and incidental musical arrangements), David Alpert (associate director), Klara Zieglerova (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Peter Nigrini (projection design), John Shivers (sound design), Charles Lapointe (wig and hair design), Cookie Jordan (Make Up Design), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), Doug Besterman (orchestrations), Jim Abbott (dance arrangements), John Miller (music coordinator), Edgar Godineaux (associate choreographers) and Mary Macleod (production stage manager).
Tickets to Flashdance – The Musical are now on sale for $10 – $85. Tickets are available at kcstarlight.com, by calling 816-363-STAR (7827) or in person at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road. Box Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.