The movie “Flashdance” became a cultural phenomenon in the 1980s, impacting the fashion, music, hair and dance industries. Girls sported tops that hung off of one shoulder, they wore big, curly hair dos, and they pranced around shouting “What a Feeling!” Now 30 years later, the story has been recreated for the stage.
“Flashdance — The Musical,” a stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film “Flashdance,” will be playing at the Fox Theatre from Feb. 5 through Feb. 10.
Set in Pittsburgh, Penn., the show revolves around 18-year-old Alex Owens, who works as a steel mill welder by day and a dancer at a bar by night. Yet she dreams of one day being able to attend the Shipley Dance Academy, a prestigious ballet school.
The stage production is directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo and features a book by Tom Hedley (who wrote the film’s original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Cary. The musical also features 16 new songs by Cary (lyrics) and Robbie Roth (music and lyrics).
One of the cast members in the ensemble is Lynorris Evans, who grew up in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Fordham University and Tri Cities High School, where he played the role of the Scarecrow in “The Wiz.” He was last seen on the first national tour of “Memphis the Musical.” Other credits include “Leap of Faith” on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis,” the Santa Fe Opera, and BalletMet.
Evans can be seen dancing and singing to the show’s big hit songs, including the Academy Award-winning title track “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” as well as “Maniac,” and “Man Hunt,” among others.
“I’m on stage quite a bit performing to all the fabulous songs that were also in the movie,” said Evans, adding that the musical and the movie are very similar, but there is “the addition of more flair added for the stage.”
Other songs audience members will remember from the movie are “Gloria” and “I Love Rock & Roll.” The musical also includes the iconic water-splash dance scene.
Evans said audience members “should come away knowing that dreams can come true. If you really take leap of faith and go for your dreams, anything can be accomplished.”
Show times for “Flashdance – the Musical” are at 8 p.m. from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9 and 6:30 p.m. on February 10 with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 1 p.m. on Feb. 10. The performance running time is 2 hours 35 minutes with one intermission.