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Full Casting Announced for FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL National Tour

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL

NATIONAL TOUR LAUNCHING AT PITTBURGH’S HEINZ HALL
JANUARY 1 - 6, 2013

Full casting has been announced and rehearsals have begun for the upcoming national tour of FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation. Joining the previously announced Broadway stars Emily Padgett as Alex, Matthew Hydzik as Nick and Rachelle Rak as Tess are Kelly Felthous as Gloria, DeQuina Moore as Kiki, Jo Ann Cunningham as Hannah, David R. Gordon as Jimmy, Matthew Henerson as Harry and Christian Whelan in the role of C.C.

Also joining the company are Holly Ann Butler, Claire Camp, Derek Carley, Ryan Carlson, Natalie Caruncho, Lynorris Evans, Thursday Farrar, Charlene Hoffman, Holly Laurent, Jakob Karr, Dan Kohler, Brandt Martinez, Nicholas McGough, Ariela Morgenstern, Rebecca Riker, Andrea Spiridonakos,and Lawrence Street.

As previously announced, FLASHDANCE will launch on January 1 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall with an official opening on Thursday, January 3and continues on to more than 25 cities with additional bookings to be announced. In addition to the US national touring company, a second company of FLASHDANCE will be assembled on Broadway with performances beginning August 2013 for an open-ended engagement.

With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, 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. FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL features a score including the hit songs from the movie, 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,” “I Love Rock & Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the stage.

Directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Addams Family), FLASHDANCE features a book by Robert Cary and Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth.

The production features scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, with projection design by Peter Nigrini and sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge. Hair & wig designs are by Charles LaPointe and make-up design by Cookie Jordan.  The production also features music supervision and vocal and incidental arrangements by Jason Howland, orchestrations by Doug Besterman and dance arrangements by Jim Abbott.

For more information, please visit www.flashdancethemusical.com or follow us www.facebook.com/flashdancemusical.

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FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL 2012/2013 National Tour Dates

Pittsburgh, PA                          Heinz Hall                                             January 1- January 6, 2013

St. Louis, MO                           Peabody Opera House                          January 8 – January 13, 2013

Louisville, KY                            Kentucky Center                                   January 15 – January 20, 2013

Grand Rapids, MI                      DeVos Hall                                           January 22 – January 27, 2013

Wilmington, DE                         DuPont Theater                                    January 29 – February 3, 2013

Atlanta, GA                               Fox Theater                                          February 5 – February 10, 2013

Baltimore, MD                           Hippodrome                                          February 12 – February 17, 2013

Tampa, FL                                Straz Center                                         February 19 – February 24,2013

New Orleans, LA                       Mahalia Jackson                                   February 26 – March 3, 2013

Fort Lauderdale, FL                   Broward Center PAC                             March 5 – March 17, 2013

Nashville, TN                            Tennessee PAC                                    March 19 – March 24, 2013

Minneapolis, MN                       Orpheum Theatre                                  April 2 – April 7, 2013

Spokane, WA                            INB West PAC                                      April 11 – April 14, 2013

Seattle, WA                              Paramount Theatre                               April 16 – April 21, 2013

Portland, OR                             Keller Auditorium                                  April 23 – April 28, 2013

Tempe, AZ                               Gammage Auditorium                           April 30 – May 4, 2013

Costa Mesa, CA                       Segerstrom PAC                                   May 7 – May 19, 2013

Houston, TX                             Sarofim Hall                                          June 4 – June 15, 2013

San Antonio, TX                        Majestic Theatre                                   June 18 – June 23, 2013

Dallas, TX                                Music Hall                                            June 25 – July 7, 2013

CAST & UCREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIESU 

JO ANN CUNNINGHAM (Hannah). Broadway: The King and I, Anna Karenina. Off Broadway: The Show Goes On, Night Seasons, Ladies of the Corridor, Edward The King, Swan Song. Tours: Into the Woods, meet me in St Louis, Carousel, A Little Night Music. Regional: Full Gallop, The Dining Room, Follies, Chemin De Fer, Hello Dolly, Kismet, How the Other Half Loves. And lots more…

KELLY FELTHOUS (Gloria). National  Tours/Off-Broadway: Grease (Marty), Seussical (Mayzie), Max and Ruby (Ruby), The Sound of Music. New York/Regional: Legally Blonde (Elle), Bring It On (Eva), A Chorus Line (Val), Boeing Boeing (Gloria), Singing in the Rain (Kathy), Jane Eyre (American Premiere), Gypsy (June), Urinetown (Little Sally), West Side Story (Anybodys), Dames at Sea (Ruby). International: Fame (Serena), Trip of Love (Caroline). NYU/CAP21. Thanks to Mom, Charns, Henderson Hogan and the entire Flashdance family!

DAVID R. GORDON (Jimmy) is beyond excited to be a part of his 1st National Tour, and the 1st touring company of this iconic show! Favorite roles include: Roger (Int'l Tour of Grease), Abraham (Altar Boyz), and Bobby Strong (Urinetown). Special thanks to The Roster, Sergio, the entire creative team, Tara Rubin, and this awesome cast! This one's for my support team Ali, Momma, my big ol' family, and friends. We did it!! www.DavidRossGordon.com

MATTHEW HENERSON (Harry). Theatre: Ahmanson, Romeo and Juliet; ACT, Indian Ink; La Jolla Playhouse, Good Person of Szechwan; Marin Shakespeare, King Lear (Fool), Northern Stage, Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), San Diego Repertory, RomanceBrooklyn Boy; South Coast Repertory, Hamlet; Utah Shakespeare, Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye); Film/Television: HungBernie Mac ShowChristmas CarolMars Needs Moms.

MATTHEW HYDZIK (Nick). A Pittsburgh native, Matthew feels that it's perfectly fitting to launch Flashdance's US tour amongst friends and family in the hometown that he loves dearly. Matthew was last seen on Broadway starring as Tony in the revival of West Side Story, as well as Kenickie in Grease. Off-Bway; John in Tomorrow Morning. National tours of Rent, Fame and Grease. Go Stillers!

DEQUINA MOORE (Kiki). Broadway/Special: Legally Blonde (Pilar), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Ens./Sylvia U/S), Happy Days (Joyce/Lola), Hair (Actor's Fund Concert). Film: Joyful Noise (Devonne), Madea's Big Happy Family (Singer), Ghost Town (Chontelle), Rachel Getting Married (Rachel's stylist), Camp (D.Q.).  TV: Law & Order:SVU (Sapphire), Racing For Time (Tonya), Third Watch (Tania Monroe: recurring), All Falls Down (Nycole). B.F.A. NYU/CAP21. Thanks be to God! Love to Mom, Dad, Eron, family/friends, KMG/BridgeDaGap, Sarah Ministries, & my Flashdance fam!  

EMILY PADGETT (Alex). Having been involved with FLASHDANCE since the first reading with Sergio Trujillo, Emily is beyond thrilled to bring this iconic character to the stage! She was most recently seen on Broadway as Sherrie Christian in Rock of Ages. Other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde and Grease. Emily was also seen as Eden Siller in the World Premiere of White Noise at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago. Other NY Workshops include Sheryl Crow's Diner. TV Credits include "Louie", "America's Got Talent", and "Shall we Dance on Ice". Love and Thanks to Soffer/Namoff Entertainment.

RACHELLE RAK (Tess) is from Pittsburgh and was trained by her mother at The Rosalene Kenneth Dance Studio. At the age of 17 Rachelle joined the National Tour of Cats. She auditioned at the Benendum Center, she was a senior at Canevin Catholic High School and was cast and left for the road. Her Broadway Credits: Fosse, Catch me if you Can, Cats, Thou Shalt Not, Oklahoma!, The look of Love and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She is featured in the Documentary Film "Every Little Step", The Making of A Chorus Line. National Tours: Starlight Express and Smoke Joe's Cafe, International: Sunset Blvd and The Trip of Love. Regional: Chicago: Velma Kelly, A Chorus Line: Sheila. Rachelle is thrilled to work with Director, Choreographer Sergio Trujillo. “Flashdance” was the film that inspired the hope and desire to be in show business. She was 14 years old when she watched it probably 100 times and she knew that even though her story was different then Alex Owens, she wanted to leave Pittsburgh and go to Broadway. Well, that dream happened and she is so thankful she gets to return to her home town and debut the role of Tess in Flashdance -The Musical.

CHRISTIAN WHELAN (C.C.).  Broadway Tours: Mamma  Mia! (Sam) Little House on the Prairie (Brewster), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence), Aida (Zoser), Ragtime (Conklin), Camelot (Arthur). Off B'way/Regional: Ministry of Progress (Poole), Portofino [CastCD]. The Little Mermaid (Triton) 110 in the Shade (Starbuck),TV/Film:  “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” “ Dellaventura,” “Skindeep,” “Outlaws,” Angel Town,” “Tomcats,” “Celebrity.” www.christianwhelan.com

SERGIO TRUJILLO (Director and Choreographer). Broadway: Tony Award winning Best Musical - Memphis (OCC Award, Astaire, Drama Desk Award noms.), Tony and Olivier Award winning Best Musical –Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award noms.), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk, Astaire noms), The Addams Family, Next to Normal (Lucille Lortel Award nom), All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nom.). Off-Broadway: Saved ( Lucille Lortel nom.), The Capeman, Romeo & Juliet (Public), A Tree Grows inBrooklynKismet (Encores!), Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: White Noise (director/choreographer), The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla), Mambo Kings, The Marriage of Figaro (L.A. Opera), Chita and All That Jazz. International: Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award nom.); West Side StoryThe Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: Judging/choreographing on “So You Think You Can Dance:Canada,” “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS), “The 14th American Comedy Awards” (ABC), “Triple Sensation” (CBC). Ovation Award for Empire: A New American Musical, four Dora Award nominations in Canada. Upcoming: On Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody; Venice (The Public).

TOM HEDLEY (Book, original screenplay for the Flashdance movie). As editor-in-chief of Toronto Life, Tom Hedley turned it into the “magazine of the year” and published, among others, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Robertson Davies and won national magazine award for fiction by Alice Munro. He was the youngest ever editor of Esquire Magazine during the magazine’s golden age, working for the legendary Harold Hayes in New York. During his four-year tenure, he worked with important writers and artists of the time including Tom Wolfe, Michael Herr, Diane Arbus, Jean Genet, William Burroughs, Gay Talese and Robert Coover. He produced a number of celebrated cover-sections including: “The Decline and Fall of the American Avant Garde” in which he commissioned a play by Sam Shepard that was eventually performed at Lincoln Center, Claes Oldenburg’s last happening and a photographic essay on The New Theater by Andy Warhol. He commissioned and published essays by Fedrico Fellini, Francois Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni among others, and asked the great directors to direct their own self-portraits. He produced and directed four documentaries for the CBC’s flagship current affairs program and wrote a number of produced screenplays including, among others: Circle of Two, directed by Jules Dassin, starring Richard Burton and Tatum O’Neil, Mr. Patman, starring Kate Nelligan and James Colburn, Double Negative, starring Michael Sarrazin, Tony Perkins and John Candy, Fighting Back, starring Patti Lupone and Tom Skerrit and Flashdance, an international hit which won an Academy Award for best-song and has since become a film classic. He has written screenplays for Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, David Geffen, Jean-Paul Goude, Sean Penn, among others. In 2001 he completed a three-year period in London as an editor and publisher of Duckworth, the venerable publishers of Virginia Woolfe and D.H. Lawrence. His titles were generally well received and garnered both awards and books-of-the-year status in leading British journals and newspapers. He also created a new imprint called Duck Editions. Tom Hedley received the Humanitas Prize 2002 award as executive producer of the movie Iris, directed by Richard Eyre, starring Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet. The film won any number of international awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. He is currently President of The Hedley Media Group LLC in New York City. He will both write and direct The Last Laugh, an independent film centered around the 1980’s comedy scene in Los Angeles.

ROBERT CARY (Book and Lyrics) is the director of the feature films Ira and Abby, Save Me, and Anything But Love. Ira and Abby received the Audience Favorite award following its premiere at the 2006 LosAngeles Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2007; Save Me, which premiered at the2007 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the US 2008. Robert is also the director and co-writerof Anything But Love, starring Andrew McCarthy, Isabel Rose and Eartha Kitt, released by SamuelGoldwynin 2003. Anything But Love appeared in over a dozen film festivals internationally, and receivednumerous audience and jury awards. In addition to his film work, Robert is co-book writer with ZZ Top of the musical Sharp Dressed Man, directed by Andy Fickman and the lyricist and co-librettist of Palm Beach, produced in 2005 by the La Jolla Playhouse and directed by Des McAnuff, and he is also the co-author and lyricist of musical adaptations of The Thomas Crown Affair and Heartbreakers, both commissioned by MGM On Stage.

ROBBIE ROTH (Music and Lyrics). Robbie Roth's music has been heard on stage, screen, and radio all

around the world. His songs have graced the Billboard charts in America, and appeared on record alongside Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, and many others. His work has been featured on “Good Morning America,” NBC's “Last Comic Standing,” and in a number of films and documentaries. Robbie is most often hired to write and produce for established and upcoming recording artists. In the theatre world, Robbie has been hired as composer on a number of new musicals, and has written and produced records for Tony Award® nominee, Gavin Creel.

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