The Broadway debut “Flashdance – The Musical” has been delayed once again.
Producers cited lack of available theaters as the reason for the latest delay – the third time the show has postponed its New York debut. However, in a statement, producers also said they would use the extra time to refine the production. The production was expected to have an August premiere, though it now looks as if it will appear later in the 2013-2014 season.
A pre-Broadway Toronto run was held last summer, and there also currently is a national tour of the musical.
“We have had the rare and tremendous opportunity in the last several months to experience ‘Flashdance – The Musical’ on the road,” said producer Tom Viertel in a statement. “We know we have a great show that audiences are responding to with huge enthusiasm and nightly standing ovations. We want to make clear that because we could not find the appropriate Broadway theatre for August, we will take this time to refine the production that we are excited to bring to Broadway in the 2013-2014 season. By that time, we will have determined the best possible theatre and date to welcome ‘Flashdance’ home to Broadway.”
However, speaking to the New York Times, Viertel also said there may be a few problems with the story he would like to fix before the Broadway debut.
“We have an incredible title and several established songs from the movie, but there may be a few too many subplots, and moments that haven’t been weighted correctly,” he told the newspaper.
However, Viertel said no members of the created team will be replaced. This team includes direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, known for his work on “Jersey Boys.” Tom Hedley and Robert Cary wrote the book for the musical, and Robbie Roth wrote the music. Cary and Roth co-wrote the lyrics.
The score also includes songs from the movie, including “Flashdance – What a Feeling” and “Maniac.”