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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
FLASHDANCE National Tour Announces Full Casting
FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE NATIONAL TOUR OF
FLASHDANCE COMES TO CHICAGO'S CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE
AUGUST 6-18, 2013
CHICAGO (July 9, 2013) – Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce full casting for the upcoming national tour of FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation. Joining Jillian Mueller as Alex Owens and Matthew Hydzik as Nick Hurley are Katie Webber as Tess, 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. flashdance – the musical will perform at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph) for a limited engagement from Aug. 6 – 18, 2013.
Also joining the company are Carleigh Bettiol,Derek Carley, Ryan Carlson, Natalie Caruncho, Lynorris Evans, Haley Hannah, Charlene Hoffman, Jarvis McKinley, Doreen Montavlo, Ariela Morgenstern, Shane Ohmer, Austin Owen, Kristin Piro,Katelyn Prominski, Angelo Soriano, Dani Spieler, Lawrence E. Street, and Kamille Upshaw. As previously announced, FLASHDANCE
launched on January 1 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall with an official
opening on Thursday, January 3 and 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 for an open-ended engagement.
With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICALtells
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 MUSICALfeatures
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.
The performance schedule for FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL is as follows:
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (additional matinee performance on 8/14 at 2 p.m.)
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. (additional performance on 8/11 at 7:30 p.m.) Please note: Ticket prices and performance schedule are subject to change.
Tickets for FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
range from $18-$85. A select number of premium seats are also
available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of
10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312)
977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices
(24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E.
Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place
(845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800)
775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
For more information, please visit www.broadwayinchicago.com or www.flashdancethemusical.com.
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES: JILLIAN MUELLER (Alex Owens). What a dream come true this is! Last seen in the first national tours of Memphis and American Idiot. Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie, two holiday seasons of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. TV:
“A Gifted Man” (CBS). Much gratitude to Sergio, Kaitlin and the whole
Flashdance team for trusting and believing in me! Love to Erin and
everyone at CESD, Liz and Aimee for being the best. And of course my
wonderful, supportive parents and brother. Twitter: @ jillimueller
MATTHEW HYDZIK (Nick Hurley), a Pittsburgh native, is beyond thrilled to be a part of the world premiere of Flashdance the Musical. Matthew was last seen on Broadway as Tony in West Side Story and Kenickie in Grease, as well as national tours of Rent, Fame and Grease. All my love to my Meg!
KELLY FELTHOUS (Gloria). National Tours/Off-Broadway: Grease (Marty), Seussical (Mayzie), Max and Ruby (Ruby) New York/Regional: Legally Blonde (Elle), Bring It On (Eva), A Chorus Line (Val), Boeing Boeing (Gloria), Singing in the Rain (Kathy), Gypsy (June), Urinetown (Little Sally), Dames at Sea (Ruby). International: Fame (Serena), Trip of Love (Caroline). NYU/ CAP21. Thanks Mom, Charns, Henderson Hogan and the Flashdance family!
DEQUINA MOORE (Kiki). Broadway: Legally Blonde (Pilar), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Two Gentlemen of Verona (u/s Sylvia), Happy Days (Lola), Hair (AFC).
Film: “Joyful Noise” (Devonne), “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Ghost
Town,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “Camp.” TV: “Law & Order: SVU,”
“Racing For Time,” “Third Watch” (recurring), “All Falls Down.” B.F.A.
NYU/CAP21. ...Thanks be to God! Love to Mom, Dad, Eron, family &
KATIE WEBBER (Tess) Katie is absolutely grateful to be performing in Flashdance! Broadway: Rock of Ages, Catch Me If You Can, Memphis, and Wicked. Other
favorites: Jerry Mitchell’s “Peepshow,” NBC’s “Smash,” and The Onion
News Network (K’Ronikka). This summer Katie can be seen as
Britney/Charlotte in Kristen Wiig’s “Girl Most Likely,” July 19th 2013.
Thanks to Sergio, The Mine, and my glorious Family! Special thanks to my
dance teacher, Elaine McCarthy!
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.
DAVID R. GORDON (Jimmy) is beyond excited to be part of his 1st National Tour! Favorite roles include: Roger (International Tour of Grease), Abraham (Altar Boyz) and Bobby Strong (Urinetown).
Special thanks to The Roster, Sergio, the creative team, Tara Rubin
Casting, and the entire cast. This one’s for my support team. Ali,
Momma, my big ol’ family and friends . . . we did it!!!!!! www.
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, Romance, Brooklyn Boy; South Coast Repertory, Hamlet; Utah Shakespeare, Fiddler on the Roof (Teyve); Film/Television: “Hung,” “Bernie Mac Show,” “Christmas Carol,” “Mars Needs Moms.”
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 [Cast CD], Little Mermaid (Triton), 110 in the Shade (Starbuck).
TV/Film: “Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,”
“All My Children,” “Dellaventura,” “Skindeep,” “Outlaws,” “Angel Town,”
“Tomcats,” “Celebrity.” www. christianwhelan.com
CARLEIGH BETTIOL (Ensemble; u/s Alex; u/s Tess; u/s Kiki; u/s Miss Wilde) is thrilled to join Flashdance! Touring companies include: In The Heights, A Chorus Line, Disney'sBeauty and the Beast. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Was recently seen as a featured dancer/singer on PBS: Live From Lincoln Center in honor of Marvin Hamlisch. Thank you to my loving and supportive family and friends! www.CarleighBettiol.com
DEREK CARLEY (Ensemble; Swing; u/s Nick; u/s Jimmy; u/s C.C.; u/s Joe; u/s Andy) is so happy to be a part of this production! Regional credits include Titanic (Charles Clarke) at the MUNY and Gay Bride of Frankenstein (Thad)
at Seacoast Rep. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan’s Musical
Theatre Program; Go Blue! Huge thanks to everyone at Harden-Curtis and
Tara Rubin Casting. For Jenna.
RYAN CARLSON (Break Dancer; Ensemble). Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts, Rasta Thomas’ “Bad Boys of Dance,”
Lightwire Theatre, America’s Got Talent, Jacob’s Pillow, BET’s “Best
LYNORRIS EVANS (Ensemble; u/s Joe; u/s Andy), A graduate of Fordham University, he was last seen on the 1st National Tour of Memphis, the Musical. Other credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis, Santa Fe Opera and BalletMet.
THURSDAY FARRAR (Louise; Ensemble; u/s Hannah). Broadway: Aida, Parade, Once Upon a Mattress. Off-B’way: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Regrets (MTC), Golden Boy. Nat’l tours: Les Miserables (Fantine), Carousel. Regional: First Wives Club (Old Globe), Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center), Harmony (LaJolla). TV: “Ugly Betty,” “30Rock.” Film: “Brother,” “Only Time Will Tell.” Recordings: “You Oughta Be On Broadway.”
HALEY HANNAH (Ensemble; u/s Alex; u/s Tess; u/s Gloria) is thrilled to join the National Tour of Flashdance! Broadway: Bring It On The Musical. Tours: Bring It On The Musical. Regional: Cutman - A Boxing Musical (Goodspeed).
TV: “Good Morning America” (Back up singer for Demi Lovato, Jonas
Brothers), “American Comedy Awards” (Comedy Central). BFA: University of
Michigan. Much love to Mom, Dad, and friends.
CHARLENE HOFFMAN (Ensemble; u/s Ballet Dancer) has performed in numerous stage shows including the 50th Anniversary International Tour of West Side Story (Marguerita).
Along with appearances on “Glee” (Cheerio), she has recently shared the
stage with Kanye West, Chris Brown and P!nk. When she isn’t cutting a
rug you can find this self-proclaimed tomboy cheering on her favorite
NFL teams or cruising in her 1970 Ford Mustang.
JARVIS McKINLEY (Ensemble; u/s Ballet Dancer).
Tours: Usher, KiCi & JoJo, Ailey II, Complexions Contemporary
Ballet, and Armitage Gone Dance!. He was also rewarded the Margret
Foretyn Award Also recently seen on the First National Tour of Memphis the Musical. Thank God and my family and friends who supported me on my way to my biggest dream.
ARIELA MORGENSTERN (Miss Wilde; Ensemble; u/s Hannah; u/s Louise). Off- Broadway: Adding Machine, The Threepenny Opera, I Married Wyatt Earp. Highlights include The Light In The Piazza (Arena Stage), The King & I (Theatre
Of The Stars), Carnegie Hall soloist, and winner of the Lotte Lenya
Competition. Ariela is a member of Studio 42, championing “unproducable”
NY theatre. For Marc, my love! www.arielamorgenstern.com
SHANE OHMER (Ballet Dancer; Ensemble). Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Shane has performed as the Lead in Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet for
two years around the world, Les Grand Ballet Canadiens, River North
Chicago Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and has been a guest
artist/teacher for companies around the world. Thrilled to be part of Flashdance. Special thanks to my family! @ ShaneOhmer
AUSTIN OWEN (And;, Ensemble; u/s Nick; u/s Jimmy; u/s Harry). Tours: Memphis (u/s Huey); The Producers (Leo Bloom). Regional: The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert);La Cage (Jean-Michel); Footloose (Chuck); Godspell (Judas).
FSU Grad. Thanks to Sergio, Tara Rubin, Renee and the gang, and my
incredibly supportive family and friends. Love to C. IG: austinowen
KRISTIN PIRO (Swing; u/s Alex; u/s Kiki; u/s Louise; u/s Miss Wilde; u/s Ballet Dancer; Dance Captain) is thrilled to be joining Flashdance! Broadway: Catch Me If You Can. Tour/Reginal credits: Memphis, Saturday Night Fever, The Jack Cole Project, West Side Story, Chicago, How to Succeed. Infinite thanks to Sergio and CGF. Endless love to my parents, Lauren and fiancé Ryan!
KATELYN PROMINSKI (Ballet Dancer; Ensemble) is beyond excited to join Flashdance!
Originally from Washington, DC, Katelyn trained at Washington Ballet
& San Francisco Ballet. Danced with Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania
Ballet, and Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Love and thanks to mom & family,
MBaud, Marianne Wells, & TRC! Follow the journey: @KEP1228
ANGELO SORIANO (Ensemble; u/s Joe; u/s Andy; u/s Break Dancer) is a native of the Philippine Islands. Recent credits include The Red Car News Boys (Disneyland AGVA), A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas (Walt Disney World AEA), Disney Junior: Live on Stage
(Casey). Performed with Justin Bieber, Debby Ryan, Disney's Shake It
Up, Macy Gray, MC Lyte. HUGE thanks to my "Pamilya", music mentors,
dance teachers, Flashdance creatives and DDO NY.
DANI SPIELER (Ensemble; Swing; u/s Alex; u/s Gloria; u/s Miss Wilde) is thrilled to be joining the company of Flashdance! Broadway/National Tours: Legally Blonde, West Side Story. Film/Web Series: So Funny, That’s What She Said, The Battery’s Down.
Regional: Paper Mill, TUTS, Goodspeed. BFA: University of Michigan.
Thanks and love to family, friends, Sergio, Jason, Kaitlin and everyone
at Stewart Talent. Molly! www.TheBatteryCo.com
LAWRENCE E. STREET (Joe; Ensemble; u/s Harry; u/s C.C.). Broadway: Urinetown (Billy Boy Bill). Off-Broadway: Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe (Cleante); Urinetown (Billy Boy Bill). Actors’ Fund of America: Chess in Concert (Ensemble). Carnegie Hall, NYC: South Pacific in
Concert (Starring Reba McEntire); also filmed for PBS Great
Performances. Member of Actor’s Equity Association. Special thanks to
Avalon Artists and Tara Rubin Casting.
KAMILLE UPSHAW (Ensemble) Born in Washington,
DC, Kamille is a graduate of The Juilliard school. She has worked with
Darrell Grand Moultrie, the Metropolitan Opera, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance 2011-2012 European Tour, danced for Alicia Keys and now is very excited to join Flashdance! Love to my family!
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Director & 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 in Brooklyn, Kismet (Encores!). Regional: White Noise (director/choreographer), The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla), Mambo Kings. International: Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award nom.); West Side Story; The Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married (West
End). 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.” Four Dora Award nominations in Canada. In 2012, Mr. Trujillo
was chosen by the Colombian government as one of the top 100 Colombians
in the world.
TOM HEDLEY (Book; Executive Producer). Having written the original screenplay, Hedley first coined the title Flashdance.
Additionally, Hedley penned screenplays for Michael Jackson, Barbra
Streisand, Sean Penn, Jean- Paul Goude, Federico Fellini, David Geffen,
Dino de Laurentis, among others. Winner of the Humanitas Prize for the
Academy Award winning movie “Iris,” starring Judy Dench, Kate Winslet
and James Broadbent. Previously, he was the youngest editor of Esquire
Magazine during its golden age and the editor/publisher of Duckworth, a
distinguished London publishing house. Hedley is presently writing a new
film that he will direct next year.
ROBERT CARY (Book & Lyrics) is lyricist and co-author of Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Des McAnuff); co-author with Ben Feldman of Inventing Avi (Off-Broadway,
directed by Mark Waldrop); and director of the feature films “Ira and
Abby,” “Save Me,” and “Anything But Love,” which he co-wrote. Cary has
written a new ZZ Top musical premiering soon.
ROBBIE ROTH (Music & Lyrics). Robbie
Roth’s music has been heard on stage, screen and radio around the world.
His songs have appeared on the Billboard charts in America and he has
written and produced for countless artists including Tony-nominated
Gavin Creel. Robbie is currently working on the stage adaptation of the
2002 Fox feature, “Drumline”, while enjoying time spent with Michelle,
Oliver and Simon.