It’s the story of Alex Owens, a steelworker who dreams of being a professional dancer. “Flashdance” first made its debut as a movie in 1983, but it was always intended to be a musical.
Production Stage Manager Mary MacLeod says, “It’s a wonderful, feel good musical. You’re going to feel great. You’re going to hear great music. The dancing is so exciting, and it’s beautiful to look at. The design is absolutely gorgeous.”
The musical has been on tour since January. They travel with 13 crew, close to 30 actors, and hire 28 additional crew members to help set up the set that’s packed into six semi-trucks. New Orleans marks their tenth stop so far.
Performer Kelly Felthous says, “A crowd in my opinion can make or break a performance. We want you to be involved. We want you to get up and dance with us. We want you to scream and sing along if you know the words. We feed off that energy.”
David R. Gordon who plays Jimmy in the musical says, “We live for a live audience, that’s why we’re standing up there eight shows a week. When they participate, when they’re clapping their hands, we can see people sometimes bumping and that’s why we put those songs that are very iconic like Maniac, What a Feeling, and to see the audience go wild, we live for that.”
Flahsdance the Musical runs through Sunday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Tickets are selling for as low as $32.
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