A stage musical based on Flashdance, one of cinema’s most beloved romantic-dramas of the 1980s, will debut on London’s West End this week, says New York real estate mogul and Broadway producer Elie Hirschfeld, who is an investor in the hotly-anticipated production.
Flashdance: The Musical opens at The Shaftesbury Theatre in Britain this Thursday, Oct. 14, thanks to a stageplay penned by British stars Matt Willis and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, who have crafted a stage show based on Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas’ 1983 screenplay.
“I was captured by the film version of ‘Flashdance,’ and I am excited to see the piece brought to life on a London stage,specifically on the West End — the equivalent to New York’s Broadway. It’s precise choreography meets award-winning scoring on top of a heartwarming storyline,” Hirschfeld said in a statement Friday.
Flashdance, one of the highest-grossing films of 1983, starred Jennifer Beals as a blue collar welder/stripper, who falls in love in with her boss while aspiring to study dance at a prestigious Pittsburgh conservatory. The movie was the first collaboration for producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Irene Cara-penned theme “Flashdance….What a Feeling.”