Cast size: Large, 23 plus
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford Lyrics by Dean Pitchford Music by Tom Snow Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie

Walter Bobbie | broadway Musical | large 23 plus

  • About the Show

    FOOTLOOSE burst onto the silver screen in 1984 and proved to be one of the year's most successful motion pictures, and one of the last movie musicals to achieve the status of a certifiable hit. Generating a soundtrack recording that reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies to date, the Oscar-nominee spawned such Top 40 hits as "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "Almost Paradise," "Holding Out For A Hero" and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)." With a screenplay and lyrics by Oscar winner Dean Pitchford, the story focuses on young people, as does his previous, wildly successful movie musical, FAME.

    The stage adaptation retains all of the songs from the motion picture complemented by four new ones by Pitchford and composer Tom Snow, whose songs for the film include the Oscar nominee "Let's Hear It For The Boy.

    The musical version of FOOTLOOSE opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 22, 1998 and ran for 709 performances. Its catchy, rock ‘n roll music and stellar cast helped it to develop an extensive fan base: the musical since has become one of the most frequently performed school musicals. It also has drawn crowds and success in the United Kingdom, where it toured beginning in January 2006. The tour ended in a production at London's Novello Theatre, where it opened on April 18, 2006 after two weeks of previews.

    Some content © The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organisation. Used by permission. Portions © Respective Trademark Holders. All rights reserved.

    Synopsis

    One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

    Musical Numbers

    Footloose - (Ren and the Company)

    On Any Sunday - (Ren and the Company)

    The Girl Gets Around - (Chuck, Ariel, Travis and Lyle)

    I Can't Stand Still - (Ren)

    Somebody's Eyes - (Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo and the Company)

    Learning To Be Silent - (Vi and Ethel)

    Holding Out For A Hero - (Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo and Urleen)

    Scene Change (Somebody's Eyes) - (Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo and Urleen)

    Somebody's Eyes (Reprise) - (Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo and Urleen)

    Heaven Help Me - (Shaw)

    I'm Free/ Heaven Help Me - (Ren, Shaw and the Company)

    Still Rockin' - (Cowboy Bob and his Band)

    Let's Hear It For The Boy - (Rusty and the Company)

    Can You Find It In Your Heart? - (Vi)

    Dancing Is Not A Crime - (Ren, Willard, Bickle, Garvin and Jeter)

    Mama Says (You Can't Back Down) - (Willard, Bickle, Garvin, Jeter and Ren)

    Mama Says (Encore) - (Willard, Bickle, Garvin, Jeter and Ren)

    Almost Paradise - (Ren and Ariel)

    Heaven Help Me (Reprise) - (Ren and Ariel)

    Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Reprise) - (Shaw)

    Footloose (Finale) - (The Company)

    Megamix (Optional) - (The Company)

    Casting Information

    PRINCIPALS 2 Woman
    2 Teen Girls
    1 Man
    3 Teen Boys
    FEATURED 3 Women
    3 Teen Boys
    1 Man
    ENSEMBLE

    Singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Townspeople and High School Students

    CHARACTERS Ren McCormack - teenage boy from Chicago
    Ethel McCormack - his mother
    Reverend Shaw Moore - the minister of Bomont
    Vi Moore - his wife
    Ariel Moore - their teenage daughter
    Lulu Warnicker - Ren's aunt
    Wes Warnicker - her husband
    Coach Roger Dunbar - the high school gym teacher
    Eleanor Dunbar - his wife
    Rusty - Ariel's best friend
    Urleen - Ariel's friend
    Wendy Jo - Ariel's friend
    Chuck Cranston - Ariel's boyfriend
    Lyle - Chuck's buddy
    Travis - Chuck's buddy
    A Cop
    Betty Blast - the owner of The Burger Blast
    Willard Hewitt - Ren's friend, a country boy
    Principal Harry Clark
    Jeter - Ren's friend
    Bickle - Ren's friend
    Garvin - Ren's friend
    Cowboy Bob - the lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que
    Cowboy Bob's Band
    Townspeople and High School Students

    Rehearsal Set

    20 Libretto/Vocal Books 2 KEYBOARD I (Synth)

    Orchestration

    1 KEYBOARD I (Synth)
    1 KEYBOARD II (Synthesizer)
    1 REEDS (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax)
    1 GUITAR I (Electric, Acoustic Steel, Acoustic Nylon)
    1 GUITAR II (Electric, Acoustic Steel, Acoustic Nylon)
    1 BASS
    1 DRUMS
    1 PERCUSSION

    Resources

    Logo Pack

    Forthcoming Productions

    University of Johannesburg

    Arts Centre

    8-27 September 2008

Partners & Associates

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