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'Flashdance' heats up Atlanta

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IF YOU GO

• What: “Flashdance”

• When: 8 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 8, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10

• Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta

• Cost: $42.40 to $96.65

• For more information: Visit www.foxtheatre.or...

ATLANTA -- Thirty years after the original film was released, "Flashdance" is living strong in a new way: on stage as a musical.

Beginning Tuesday, "Flashdance -- The Musical" takes over the Fabulous Fox Theatre telling the story of Alex Owens, a welder from Pittsburgh who dances at night in the local bar. Her ultimate dream is to become a student at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.

The story has remained popular because it's still something people want to believe in, according to performer Lynorris Evans.

"It's an everyday story in many ways," the Atlanta native said. "It's about a girl who wants to live her dreams and makes them come true. That's what everybody wants."

Since it is a musical, there were 16 new songs added to the roster, all written by Robbie Roth and Robert Cary. For you hardcore fans, don't fret. The original hits are still included in the show: "Flashdance ... What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt" and "I Love Rock & Roll."

While some movies don't do well on stage, Evans thinks the performance is spot on to the original.

"I think the (creators) did an excellent job," he said. "Even when I go back to watch the movie and see what they created, it's like (the show and movie are) hand-in-hand. It's perfect."

What's everyone's favorite part? Two words: water scene.

"Everyone pretty much loves the music," Evans said. "But it's always the funniest thing when the audience says they love the infamous water scene. They love it because it's referenced in so many different movies and shows. Personally, I feel the audience will walk away inspired or happy that they have seen the show."

The show runs through Feb. 10.