BWW Blog: Meet Christian Whelan of Broadway-Bound FLASHDANCE
The polls are in and Flashdance The Musical is taking America by storm, literally and figuratively!
Hi everybody. My name is Christian Whelan
and I'm playing the role of the antagonist strip club owner, CC in this new Broadway Bound Smash Hit. The cast of FLASHDANCE has played 38 performances in 6 cities and the Standing "O's" have been electric, giving new meaning to "Oh..What a feeling!"
This last week the cast and crew loaded in to the intimate and cozy DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE. Broadway tours often find new spacial challenges as we load our huge Musical Productions into venues around the country. The fit was a little tight in Wilmington, so a few set pieces needed to be stored outside the loading dock during the performances to keep the backstage automation space clear. It can be a jaw dropping experience to witness the expertise of our crew; the deck & technical Networks wizards assembled to handle this awesome set.
SO, when the weather dropped below freezing this last week, the Chameleon Girls of FLASHDANCE were comically stoic as they attempted to perform on the strip club poles that had just come in to place from the outside climate. (Hold your tongue Ralphy!) It gave a chilling nuance to the Smoking Hot Chameleon Club that few of us had anticipated. In true tour fashion, CC's girls adapted, executed, and goose bumped Pole Choreography and tricks without missing a beat.
Onward to HOT-Lanta and the Fabulous FOX for a week of Georgian delight and Mary Mac Soul filled dinners. (The best soul food and Fried Chicken in Atlanta!) Locals beware....We bring our own Mary Mac! Production Stage Manager, Mary Macleod
, calls the shots nightly in this new Hot Musical, playing at the Fabulous FOX in Atlanta, GA playing february 5th thru February 10th.
"FLASHDANCE The Musical" Directed by Surgio Trujillo and Conceived by Tom Hedley
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CHRISTIAN WHELAN Received a BFA from the Acting Conservatory at USC under John Houseman. Performances include1st National Broadway Tours: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE (Brewster/Pa) opposite Melissa Gilbert. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Lawrence Jameson), AIDA (Zoser), RAGTIME (Conklin). CAMELOT (Sir Lionel) opposite Lou Diamond Phillips. Off Broadway & New York: MINISTRY OF PROGRESS (Poole), TROLLS (Phillip)[Original Cast CD], PORTOFINO (Rev. Becker) [Original Cast CD], EMERALD MAN (Death Rider). Regional work includes: A SOLD OUT run of The 1st Regional Production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (King Triton) at Tuacahn Center for the Arts. 110 IN THE SHADE (Starbuck) @ TUTS, CAMELOT (Arthur) opposite Debby Boone @ NCT, JOHNNY GUITAR (Johnny) @ 7 Angels, VICTOR VICTORIA (Sal) @ NSMT, UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN (Leadville), GUYS AND DOLLS (Sky), WEST SIDE STORY (Shrank), UTAH! (Hamblin) @ TCA, MIRACLE WORKER (Capt. Kellar) @ TNRep, GUERNICA (SJ), CHRISTMAS CAROLE (Present) @TPAC, WORKING (Mike) [Robbie Nomination] SDRep. LE FOLIES BERGERE (MC) @ The Tropicana. UK Premiers: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (Dr. Sugar), MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS (Whizzer), HOUSE OF FLOWERS (Head Cock), GREASE (Zuko), AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (Dean). TV & Film includes: GENERAL HOSPITAL, GUILDING LIGHT, ALL MY CHILDREN, DELLAVENTURA, BAYWATCH, SKINDEEP, OUTLAWS, ONE SMALL STEP, ANGEL TOWN, TOMCATS, CELEBRITY. Upcoming Projects include the one-man play POLLOCK (Jackson) with Director Moni Yakim. Christian is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA & a native of Pacific Palisades, California.|