A revamped stage version of Flashdance, based on the popular 1983 movie of the same name, has set its sights on Broadway with Sergio Trujillo signed on to direct and choreograph, according to The New York Times. A group of veteran theater producers reportedly plans to bring the musical to New York in fall 2012, now that the script and score of a 2010 London production have been overhauled.
Set in Pittsburgh, Flashdance The Musical tells the story of 18 year-old Alex, a welder by day and dancer by night, who dreams of obtaining a spot at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. Directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, the West End production of the musical opened to mixed reviews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on October 14, 2010. The book has since been “totally rewritten to emphasize different plotlines and different relationships” says producer Thomas Viertel.
The tuner features music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Roth and Robert Cary. The book is by Tom Hedley (who wrote the film’s original story and collaborated on the screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Cary. In addition to new songs, the show features hits from the movie version, including "Maniac,” and the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling."