FOOTLOOSE: The Musical comes to Derry

If like myself you were a teenager in the 1980’s then FOOTLOOSE can only mean one thing:  great music and great soundtrack. When one is now in a nightclub (or more realistically at an ’80’s disco) and ‘Footloose’ comes on, it’s all legs to the floor and some crazy dance moves are had. And if like me you’re now in those dreaded 40’s, those crazy moves are still done! Footloose is surely one of the greatest soundtracks of our era.
And now we are getting the opportunity to see the real live musical that is FOOTLOOSE right here in Derry next summer. FOOTLOOSE will be staged at Millennium Forum, Derry, from May 31st to June 4th 2016.  That’s certainly a production I’m looking forward to seeing.
The cast consists of a great line up. Maureen Nolan will play Vi Moore and Luke Baker will be playing Ren McCormac (the role immortalised on screen by Kevin Bacon). The cast also features Hannah Price as Ariel Moore, Nigel Lister as Reverend Shaw Moore, Nicky Swift as Ethel McCormack, Joanna Sawyer as Rusty, Matthew Tomlinson as Chuck, Natasha Brownas Wendy-Jo, Miracle Chance as Urleen and Scott Haining as Bickie. The cast also includes Lauren Storer, Natalie Morton-Graham, Luke Thornton and Alex Marshall.

Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, 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 up on its feet. Featuring classic 80s hits includingHolding Out for a HeroAlmost ParadiseLet’s Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track,Footloose: The Musical is set to take the world by storm once again in this brand new production, bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.
When the film was released in 1984, it became the highest-grossing February release in US film history.  The soundtrack album ended the year-long reign of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at number one and went on to top album charts all over the world, eventually selling in excess of 17 million copies. Footloose was nominated for a Golden Globe, and both the title song and Let’s Hear It for the Boyreceived Academy Award nominations. Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in 1998 where it ran for 709 performances, with a London production following in 2006, opening at the Novello Theatre following a UK Tour.

Footloose: The Musical has music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and is adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. It is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. It is directed by Racky Plews (American Idiot, West End) with choreography by Matthew Cole, design by Sara Perks and musical supervision by Mark Crossland. It is produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company and Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment. It is presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
Footloose the Musical performs at the Millennium Forum from Tues 31st May until Sat 4th June.  Tickets are now available from the Millennium Forum Box Office.  Telephone 028 71 264455 or visit Millennium Forum for bookings.

This is one week in 2016 that I’m certainly looking forward to being that teenager again and footloose and fancy free. All that remains is for me to get Kevin Bacon to dance alongside me!

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