Flashdance - The Musical brings ‘80s pop culture to Starlight Theatre’s stage July 9-14

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).

TICKET AND THEATRE INFORMATION 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. Discounted ticket prices for groups of 15 or more can be ordered by contacting Stacey Million, Starlight’s group sales manager, at groups@kcstarlight.com or 816-997-1137.

All performances begin at 8 p.m. Dining options for Flashdance include pre-show dining in the VIP Club catered by Plaza Catering that includes hot buffet items, extensive salad selections, a veggie garden bar and desserts. Reservations may be made in advance by calling the Box Office and are strongly encouraged to guarantee a seat; walk-ups are also welcome. The menu for Flashdance is posted at www.kcstarlight.com. Other dining options include concession favorites and pre-packaged salads and sandwiches on the Encore Deck provided by ARAMARK.

Pre-show tours of the stage, Starlight’s Walk of Stars, gardens and fountains are offered nightly along with pre-show performances at the Starlight Square stage. Free nightly, behind-the-scenes tours with information about Starlight and its rich history begin at 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7 p.m. at the top of the theatre behind Terrace Section 1. The Ovation Gift Store is open from 6 p.m. through end of show. Accessible parking and guest assistance getting in and out of the theater are available. For information about other Starlight services, visit kcstarlight.com.

NOTABLE DATES July 9 - Opening Night and Singles Night. Bachelors and bachelorettes receive special seating and group discount price ($25) to the performance, entry to a pre-show Singles gathering hosted by Don Davidson; and a private backstage tour. Email stacey.million@kcstarlight.com
July 11 - Young Professionals Night. Young professionals receive a pre-show Happy Hour, special seating and group ticket discount price to the performance. Email stacey.million@kcstarlight.com
July 13 - Performance will be described for the blind and visually impaired by Kansas Audio-Reader Network. July 14 - Performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

ABOUT STARLIGHT THEATRE Starlight Theatre opened in 1951 and is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. In addition to presenting and producing Broadway musicals and concerts, the not-for-profit organization offers extensive community outreach and educational programming which includes classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, the second largest musical theatre award program for local high schools and students in the country. Located on 16 acres, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.

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