17 years to the day since it first opened on Broadway, it has been announced that worldwide smash hit musical FOOTLOOSE : THE MUSICAL will tour the UK from January 2016 staring Gareth Gates as Willard.
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 soon has the whole town up on its feet. Featuring classic 80s hits including ‘Holding Out for a Hero’, ‘Almost Paradise’, ‘Let's Hear it for the Boy’ and the unforgettable title track, FOOTLOOSE : THE MUSICAL is set to take the UK by storm once again in this brand new production.
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 : THE MUSICAL was nominated for a Golden Globe, and both the title song and ‘Let’s Hear It for the Boy’ received 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.
Gareth Gates will play Willard from 29 January until 16 April, returning to the show from 20 June 2016. Gareth rose to fame through the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, going on to sell over 5 million records worldwide and have hits across the globe. More recently Gareth has enjoyed a successful career on stage, with credits including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Further casting is to be announced.
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 and choreographed 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 & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment. It is presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
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