David Ian’s successful touring production of Flashdance The Musical, based on the cult 80s movie, is making its way into the West End.

After spending 2009 touring the UK, the show will premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre from September 2010, replacing Hairspray which is finishing up at the venue on 28 March.

Riding on the high of movie-to-musical stage shows, and a hard act to follow after the successes of Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Dirty Dancing et al, Flashdance The Musical tells the story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, whose dream is to win a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.

The show features choreography by Arlene Phillips and is based on the Paramount Pictures film – which won an Oscar for its music. Some of the songs from the film feature in the stage show – including  ‘Maniac’, ‘Manhunt’, ‘Gloria’ and the title track ‘Flashdance – What a Feeling’ – as well as 10 original songs created for the musical.

Written by Tom Hedley and Robert Cary, with music by Robbie Roth, lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth, Flashdance The Musical will be directed at the Shaftesbury Theatre by Nikolai Foster with orchestrations and musical supervision by Phil Edwards. Casting will be announced shortly.

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