Footloose the Musical tells the story of city boy Ren who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town on its feet. They dared to dance!
When Kevin Bacon's too-cool-for-school teenager Ren McCormack dared to dance his way out of Chicago and into small town Bomont in the movie Footloose, an icon for the 80s was born. The high-energy dance movie Footloose burst onto cinema screens in 1984 and took the world by storm with its youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music. This stage version of Footloose in London features a dynamic young cast and is packed full of amazing dance and the classic hits from the movie including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear It For The Boy and, of course, the title track, Footloose.
Adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie for the movie, with original screenplay and lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Tom Snow and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
Footloose - Original London West End Production 2006
Previewed 8 April 2006, Opened 12 April 2006, Closed 11 November 2006 at the Novello Theatre
Returned 17 August 2007, Closed 1 December 2007 at the Playhouse Theatre
Footloose The Musical is directed by Karen Bruce with designs by Morgan Large, lighing by James Whiteside and sound by Gareth Owen. This stage musical was originally staged at the Novello Theatre where it played a seven month season from April to November 2006. In addition the stage show has enjoyed a couple of major UK tours, both before and after the 2006 London season.
"With Movin' Out on its feet and Dirty Dancing warming up in the wings, the West End is on an all-singing, all-dancing nostalgia trip. This stage version of the 1984 teen movie Footloose makes an uneasy addition to the trend. Its serves up thunderous renditions of bombastic hit songs from the film's soundtrack, but its tone veers from the end-of-term energy of a school play to the hiss and boo of pantomime and hen-night hysteria... The director/choreographer Karen Bruce's staging is frenetic but uninspired. There are hoe-downs and balletic athleticism, and much embarrassingly unsexy groin-grinding." The Times
"It may not be the best show in town but it is undoubtedly the loudest... Footloose is not about the plot, nor yet the characters, and it is certainly not about the performances which are almost uniformly end-of-the-pier sub-West End standard, nor the choreography. No, it is about an audience coming to hear songs they already know from the film. It is the perfect show for those who hate surprises... Even the dances are repetitious. The choreographer, noticing apparently that the audience becomes deaf within seconds of the opening, or may be assuming that the show will have an audience which doesn't speak English, illustrates every word of every lyric." The Daily Express
"The story of a hip rock'n'roller from Chicago who finds himself in Hicksville (Bomont, actually) where pop music and dancing are judged sinful and forbidden made Kevin Bacon a star. Helped by its songs - the vapid title track and Bonnie Tyler's galeforce screecher Holding Out For A Hero - the film became a cult for Eighties nostalgia groupies. Now, tracing the same groove of Grease and Fame, Footloose The Musical is cashing in on becoming a stage show - even though no one appears to have noticed the ludicrous contradiction that the kids in Bomont are making a song and dance about not being allowed to sing or dance. But, hey, that's no harder to swallow than the lumpy stereotypes or the cliche-ridden plot in this talent-free zone, a shameless singalong with dance sequences and not a patch on the film, which is saying something. But for the risibly camp accompaniment to Holding Out For A Hero, in which girls in studded jackets dream up their fantasy fellas (a bare-chested fireman, a life guard), the dancing is as routine as an aerobics class. Director and choreographer Karen Bruce hasn't even bothered to set the piece in the Eighties. The costumes look as if they came from a raid on Topshop last week; the acting amounts to chewing gum with plastic attitude." The Mail on Sunday
"If energy were all it takes to make a stage sensation, Footloose would be a smash. Come to think of it, Footloose - which is adapted from the teenage rave American movie of 1984 - was a huge smash on Broadway. I can't quite see why... Nothing wrong with the British cast, which delivers writer-lyricist Dean Pitchford's high-octane rock musical with power and flair. Nor the band, loud enough to occasion visits to a hearing specialist for those too close, but a superb driving force on such big Eighties hits as Let's Hear It For The Boy and the title song... But despite one sensational country and western-influenced showstopper, this is a sort of poor man's Saturday Night Fever, more tongue-tied than Footloose." The Sun"
Footloose The Musical in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 8 April 2006, opened on 12 April 2006 and closed on 11 November 2006, returned to London at the Playhouse Theatre from 17 August 2007 and closed on 1 December 2007.
Footloose - London Revival 2017
Opened 12 September 2017, Closed 30 September 2017 at the Peacock Theatre
The stage musical adaptation of Footloose in London starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan for a strictly limited three week season!
The cast features Gareth Gates as 'Willard' and Maureen Nolan as 'Vi Moore'. Directed by Racky Plews with choreography by Matthew Cole, designs by Sara Perks, lightng by Humphrey McDermot and sound by Chris Whybrow. This production comes into London's West End as part of a major UK tour.
Gareth Gates' West End stage credits include the role of 'Marius' in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre. Maureen Nolan's London stage musical credits include the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre.
The musical Footloose in London at the Peacock Theatre opened on 12 Septeber 2017 and closed on 30 September 2017