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ULTRA LOCAL — Flashdance Writer Has Short Drive to Kravis Debut!

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ULTRA LOCAL — Flashdance Writer Has Short Drive to Kravis Debut!

The writer of Flashdance and Flashdance the Musical is local Palm Beacher, Tom Hedley (Gossip Extra collage)

The writer of Flashdance and Flashdance the Musical is Tom Hedley, a relatively new Palm Beach resident (Gossip Extra collage)

flag-ultra-localWEST PALM BEACH — Just like his steel town girl on a Saturday night, new Palm Beacher Tom Hedley Jr, the writer of Flashdance, the movie and Flashdance the Musical, has led a double life.

A welder by day and an exotic dancer by night, no, that was Alex in the movie – British-born Hedley sports some pretty lofty intellectual credentials.

He was the youngest editor at Esquire and worked with the greats like Tom Wolfe, Diane Arbus and William S. Burroughs.

But in the U.S., he’s best known for writing the Razzie-nominated for worst screenplay Flashdance and now its stage companion, Flashdance the Musical, coming to the Kravis Center for its maiden run here Jan. 27-Feb. 1.

To be there on opening night, Hedley will just to make the short drive over the bridge from his Palm Beach digs.

Hedley and his wife Lisa paid $2.85 million for this North Palm Beach home in 2012 (MLS photo)

Hedley and his wife Lisa paid $2.85 million for this North Palm Beach home in 2012 (MLS photo)

Hedley and his wife Lisa bought a three-bedroom house at 173 E. Inlet Drive on the northern tip of Palm Beach for $2.85 million in Dec. 2012.

On that part of the island, he’s living just a few streets away from Rush Limbaugh.

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Despite what the critics said about Flashdance, the iconic, high-grossing movie (3rd highest in 1983, bringing in $93 million, only behind Return of the Jedi and Terms of Endearment) tapped into the zeitgeist of a particular moment and blended fashion, dancing and music in an absolutely novel way.

Flashdance the Musical debuted in 2008, but it’s the first time it’s coming to Palm Beach County.

Gossip Extra is a Flashdance maniac (What a Feeling!) and will be front and center opening night. Come by and say hello!

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