Torontonians aren't going to get footloose just yet – although the musical opened up in London nearly three years ago, the Canadian production of the same show in TO is being pushed back until a 2013 opening date.
The show follows a steel worker who has hopes of becoming a dancer and originated as the hit cult classic by the same name starring Kevin Bacon in 1983. It was supposed to run for five weeks beginning in August before moving south to NYC on Broadway. A U.S. tour of the show, however, will begin on January 1st and kicks off in Pittsburgh, where the original movie is set.
"We remain excited about our production of 'Flashdance' with Sergio Trujillo at the helm as director and choreographer, but unfortunately we'll need to postpone it to Toronto audiences until the following season," producer Marc Routh said in a statement released Wednesday (as reported by CBC News).
This is the second major theatre production that has been halted in Toronto as of late – "Prince of Broadway" was also slated to take to the Toronto stage, however producers skipped their proposed Canadian dates and went straight to the Big Apple.
According to the Canadian Press, Toronto-raised director Trujillo told them in July 2011 that he wanted to premiere his production of "Flashdance" here because he wanted to "give back to the community." He went on, "I want to be able to give Canadian dancers an opportunity to be onstage again because there isn't that many musicals that are being done in Toronto anymore. I'm always rooting to try to find ways of using local talent because there are so many wonderful dancers in Toronto, so many talented artists and dancers, me being one of them."