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Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

'Flashdance' recycles 1983 movie as a play

  • Emily Padgett as Alex Owens, who dreams of being a dancer, in "Flashdance -- The Musical."

    Kyle Froman

    Emily Padgett as Alex Owens, who dreams of being a dancer, in "Flashdance -- The Musical."

"Flashdance -- The Musical": What a feeling.
That's what fans of the hit film "Flashdance" might be thinking to themselves now that the stage adaptation of the 1983 flick opens Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre.
"Flashdance -- The Musical" tells the same tale of Alex Owens, a tough-as-nails Pittsburgh steel mill welder who has a night job as a dancer at a bar but dreams of becoming a professional dancer on stage.
Romance with her steel mill boss complicates things but Alex pursues her dream.
Dance may be at the center of this show but the music fills our memory banks with hits from this movie: "Flashdance -- What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt" and "I Love Rock & Roll."
The play includes 16 new songs with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Roth and Robert Cary.
"Flashdance -- The Musical" opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle, and runs through April 21.
Tickets start at $25. Go to stgpresents.org or tickets.com or call 877-784-4849.
"Godspell": The rock opera rocks the story of Jesus based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. And with music and new lyrics by Stephan Schwartz, this classic family friendly musical gets a fresher sound.
The Driftwood Players present this hit by John Michael Tebelak. And though scores of kids have heard this sound track for years, a Broadway revival is helping to make this show hot again.
The story of Christ is told in parables from the gospels of Matthew and Luke.
This show is directed by Nathan Jeffrey with music direction by Mark Press and David Little and choreography by Krista Erickson.
"Godspell" opens at 8 Friday night at Wade James Theater, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 5.
Tickets are $25 and $22. Call 425-774-9600 or go to www.driftwoodplayers.com.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored": This stage premiere is an adaptation of Mark Twain's novel about Huck, a white boy; his friendship with Jim, a runaway black slave; and their travels along the Mississippi.
The adaptation is conceived by Jane Jones and Judd Parkin, and directed by Jane Jones. Parkin said the novel presented a moral awakening for readers in 1885.
"Twain's clear-eyed view of racial injustice still has the power to provoke and unnerve modern readers," Parkin said in a prepared statement.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored" runs from April 16 through May 12 at Center Theatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle.
Tickets range from $25 to $45. Go to www.book-it.org or call 206-216-0833.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; tgoffredo@heraldnet.com.
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