Monday, October 14, 2013


Get your dancing shoes ready to tap out the beat.  Thirty years after the blockbuster movie, "Flashdance the Musical" is exploding on the scene.  The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford will welcome all these happy dancing feet in this stirring experience from tonight until Sudnay, October 20 and you're invited to leap and love along for the exciting ride.

Hop aboard the joyous journey and hopeful happening when eighteen year old Alex Owens lets her dreams take her into the strastosphere.  By day, Alex toils as a welder in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania factory, a steel mill, fusing metal pipes and watching the sparks fly.  But the job is merely a time filler, a place to fantasize about her real ambitions.

When Alex takes off her protective gear, she arms herself in a new outfit and lets her passions soar free.  By night, Alex explores the world of flashdancing in a club, a closer reality to her real hopes: becoming a ballet dancer.  She is working to gain admittance to a ballet academy and she will do anything, endure any hardship, to make that come true.

Her optimism and her obstacles fuel the show, as her friends, her employer, an aging ballerina and her love interest all help and hinder her climb to her professional heights.  Jillian Mueller stars as Alex and Corey Mach as her boy friend Nick in this pop culture phenomenon.  Songs like "Flashdance-What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt" and "I Love Rock and Roll," plus sixteen new songs by Robbie Roth for music and Robert Cary and Robbie Roth for lyrics, keep the pace pulsing.  Sergio Trujillo directs and choreographs "Flashdance," based on a book by Robert Cary and Tom Hedley.

For tickets ($22 and up), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at  Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m, Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Jillian Mueller has been taking dancing lessons since she was three, started performing in local theaters at seven and made her Broadway debut at twelve in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."  Watch how she takes on the role of Alex Owens and makes it her own, guaranteeing that both Alex and Jillian's dreams are set to come true.

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