The city of Pittsburgh is the setting and backdrop of the stage version of the film “Flashdance The Musical.”
And every night it’s like coming home for Matthew Hydzik, who portrays lead male character Nick Hurley in the pre-Broadway national tour, which stops April 30 at Arizona State University Gammage Auditorium.
“I definitely feel right at home in this show because so many things are familiar since it’s a place where I grew up,” Hydzik said.
The tour recently launched in Pittsburgh, and Hydzik believed it was the perfect place to begin.
“It was the right place to start, then we moved on from there,” he said. “I couldn’t think of a better place to start this show than the place it’s set.”
“Flashdance” is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a film and now the story comes to life on stage. The story revolves around Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night, who 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.
The musical features many songs from the film, including “What A Feeling,” “Maniac” and “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” along with several new tunes written for the show.
Hydzik said he’s excited for a new generation to see the musical.
“There are definitely people out there who haven’t seen the film, and I believe this will be a nice introduction,” he said. “And for those who’ve seen the movie, they will remember a lot of things, but there are some differences.”
“Flashdance” is a part of a pre-Broadway tour, in hopes of making it to New York.
“We will tour it at several different cities, then it eventually makes its way to New York,” he said. “I know people will love it.”
The dancing and costumes will bring back many memories for audience members.
“You have a great storyline and a nice nostalgia trip at the same time,” he said.