Musicals have always brought impossible dreams to life on stage, from cats that can talk to humans who can sing in public without feeling weird. Escape from reality with this GrouponLive deal to see Flashdance: The Musical at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall. For $37, you get one ticket for seating in the rear orchestra or middle grand tier (up to a $58 value, including all fees). Doors open 15–30 minutes prior to showtime. Choose from the following performances:
- Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m.<p>
Based on the 1983 cinematic juggernaut that forever altered pop culture and shoulder-baring fashion sense, the musical version of Flashdance: The Musical stirs up romance, marvel, and nostalgia in its splashy revision of the early MTV-era touchstone. The story follows the enigmatic Alex—a welder by day and exotic dancer by night—on her quest to be accepted to a renowned ballet academy, win the love of her steel-mill boss, and escape the wrong side of the tracks.
Driven by the direction and choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and a book by Tom Hedley, co-writer of the original film, Flashdance: The Musical maintains the movie’s emotional core and embraceable kitsch factor. A cast of veteran Broadway singers and dancers, along with a score comprised of original numbers and sing-along favorites, keep the energy ratcheted. In the role of Alex, Emily Padgett, of Rock of Ages and Legally Blonde inhabits the heroine with spunk, grace, and Jennifer Beals’ signature curls. The ensemble backs Padgett up in brightly colored costumes, thrashing their limbs and leaping amidst neon lights and showers of sparks.
Fans of the original movie might have trouble maintaining their theater manners as Flashdance: The Musical touches on all of the soundtrack favorites. In radio staples such as “Maniac,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” and the famed closing number “What a Feeling,” audiences can’t help themselves from singing along and miming rope pulls. The score also features more than 15 original numbers, each straddling the line between show tune and ’80s gem.<p>