'Flashdance' musical in Portland

Touring production based on popular movie will hit Keller Auditorium in April

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Mar 15, 2013 at 05:00AM

As steel-mill welder Alex Owens, Jennifer Beals danced her way to the top in the 1983 film “Flashdance.” In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, the musical version of the story is currently on a national tour and will arrive in New York City in August.

Before it hits Broadway, “Flashdance — The Musical” will make a stop April 23-28 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland. The performance is part of the Broadway Across America Portland series.

According to a news release, “the original Paramount Pictures film was a worldwide smash hit that became a pop culture phenomenon, grossing over $150 million and featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack.”

Like the film, the story follows Owens, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh who dreams of being a professional dancer. She works at a bar as a “flashdancer” while hoping to land an audition to a prestigious dance school.

Along with hit songs “Flashdance ... What A Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt” and “I Love Rock & Roll,” the musical features 16 new songs by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. The show originally premiered in London’s West End in 2010.

Broadway Across America Portland also recently announced its 2013-14 schedule. The season features “Chicago,” “Anything Goes,” “American Idiot,” “Evita,” “Sister Act,” “Once,” “Blue Man Group” and “The Book of Mormon.” Subscriptions are currently available and give theatergoers first pick of seats.

Tickets for “Flashdance” range from $25 to $75 plus service fees, depending on day of performance and seat location. To purchase tickets, visit www.pcpa.com or call 800-273-1530. Additional information on Broadway Across America can be found at www.portlandopera.com/broadway.

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