'Flashdance' coming to Broadway in 2013

Hear the music, close your eyes, feel the rhythm — Flashdance is Broadway-bound.

Flashdance –The Musical, based on the iconic 1983 movie, is coming to the Great White Way in August 2013, producers confirmed today. This is in addition to the already-announced national tour that will kick off in January in Pittsburgh (of course).

The show was first mounted in the U.K. in 2008 and 2010, but the Broadway version will be completely re-written and restaged for the move stateside, producers said.

Flashdance –The Musical features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Cary, with music by Robbie Roth, lyrics by Cary and Roth, and direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).

Fellow maniacs, never fear: The show will include iconic songs from the film such as “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll,” as well as 16 new songs for the production.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Flashdance to Broadway,” producer Marc Routh said in a press release. “The new work we’ve already seen Sergio create in the studio is downright brilliant. He’s come up with new ways of storytelling through dance that bring you immediately to the heart of this iconic story of a girl with a dream in a way I’ve never seen. And we all remember where we were when we first heard these hit songs, they bring you back to a place in time. But what’s also exciting is how sixteen new original songs fit so seamlessly into the score, and will surely become standards of their own. We can’t wait to for audiences to embrace this new musical across the country on tour and then in the separate flagship production on Broadway.”

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