There are a few differences between Flashdance the musical and Flashdance the movie. The characters of Jeanie, Tina Tech, and Richie Blazik have been eliminated. In their place are “Gloria” and “Jimmy Kaminsky.” “Gloria” is a combination of Jeanie and Tina while “Jimmy” is nothing like his cinematic counterpart. In the movie, Alex believes Nick is cheating on her and he convinces her to go to the audition. Both elements are missing from the musical. In the musical, Alex’s friends encourage her to go to the audition.
There’s only one “flashdance” in the musical and it ends acts one. Yes, it has Alex posing on a chair, pulling a lever, and getting drenched by water. The scene has been moved to the end of the act one. This has less to do with serving the plot and more to do with stagecraft. The water can be cleaned up during the intermission.
Fans of the movie will be happy to learn that the musical contains the songs “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “Flashdanceâ€¦ What a Feeling.” With the exception of “What a Feeling,” the songs have been repurposed. Interesting to note, “Gloria” by Laura Branigan is used in the film and the musical, but is not found on the soundtrack. The song “Imagination,” sung by Branigan, is on the soundtrack. Another song heard in the movie that doesn’t appear on the soundtrack is “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It appears in the musical but is heard through a radio.
The new music for Flashdance (16 songs) was composed by Robbie Roth. He also co-wrote the lyrics with Robert Cary. In turn, Cary co-wrote the book with Tom Hadley (who co-wrote the screenplay). Flashdance the musical began in 2008 via a U.K. Tour. It then landed on the West End for a 16-week run. In the United States, a tour was launched in 2013. Flashdance the musical tickets were sold on Broadway not long after the tour ended.