HIT movie Footloose takes to the stage at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from May 16-21.
Directed and choreographed by Karen Bruce, Footloose: The Dance Musical comes to Nottingham as part of its fifth major UK tour.
This is a big year for Footloose fans. Not only is the latest UK stage tour up and running, 2011 is also the year that the highly anticipated film remake, starring Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell, is released in cinemas.
When Kevin Bacon’s too-cool-for-school teenager Ren McCormack dared to dance his way out of Chicago and into smalltown Bomont in the 1984 movie Footloose, an icon for the 80s was born.
Bacon became a global star and the film’s title track went from gold to platinum to multi-platinum in record time, spawning one of the most famous guitar intros of all time. Cultural icon Sarah Jessica Parker was cast alongside Bacon in this much-loved film phenomenon and went on to enjoy great success.
In 1998, Broadway saluted the hit movie live on stage in a new and spectacular theatre musical. Written by Dean Pitchford (screenplay and lyrics for the film) and Walter Bobbie, Footloose: The Dance Musical tells the story of city boy Ren who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful but Ren, breaking every taboo in the book, is determined to bring dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy.
Footloose: The Dance Musical thrilled West End audiences with its extended run at the Novello Theatre London in 2006 and, following a third UK tour, played a 2007 season at The Playhouse London. During that time, the stunning and infectious choreography garnered critical acclaim.
Featuring a dynamic young cast, this fast-paced show is not only packed full of amazing dance but serves up some classic 80s anthems guaranteed to get you to your feet, including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable hit title track.
Dancing is not a crime but to miss Footloose would be, so make sure you catch this runaway hit show.
Tickets to see Footloose: The Dance Musical cost £13-£29.50 and are available from the box office on 0115 9895555.