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Footloose (90-Minute Version)

A new 90-minute version of the explosive stage musical! With dynamic new songs augmenting the powerhouse hits from its bestselling Oscar-nominated film score, Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 90 minutes

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! Grammy Awards; Best Musical Show Album (1999)
    Nominee! Tony Award; Best Book of a Musical (1999)
    Nominee! Tony Award; Best Score (1999)
This 90-minute adaptation of the hit stage musical retains all the characters and nearly all the songs from the full-length version. ("Learning To Be Silent," Vi's version of "Can You Find It In Your Heart?" and several encores and reprises have been cut.)

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. 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 pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

REVIEWS:

"Exhilarating! You'll have a hard time staying in your seat!"

 WNBC

"One of the most extraordinary musicals ever to come out of Hollywood. Footloose blends fantastical situations with important issues and balances them perfectly."

 L.A. Weekly

"Footloose is an exuberant entertainment, bursting to life with music, romance and dance."

 L.A. Movie Gazette 

"This is a show you want to dance to! The score is the best kind of blast from the past!"

 Cincinnati Enquirer 

"A crackling show... better than the movie!"

 Green Bay Press-Gazette

Premiere Production:

Footloose first burst onto the silver screen in 1984 and proved to be one of the year’s most successful motion pictures. Footloose opened on Broadway on October 22, 1998. The next day, the show broke the box office record for the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it continued to thrill audiences through July 2000. After the Broadway run, the creators made changes throughout the libretto, excised three songs from the original score, and restored one (“Still Rockin’,” available on the newly mastered Broadway CD from Ghostlight Records). The reaction to the ‘new’ Footloose was immediate and enthusiastic; a tour in the U.K. led to a West End engagement, which in turn triggered excitement throughout Europe and around the globe. In 2011, Paramount Pictures’ remake of Footloose – with a screenplay by Dean Pitchford and the film’s director Craig Brewer – brought the musical to a whole new generation.

  • Casting: 8M, 7F
  • Casting Attributes: Roles for Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Expandable casting

  • REN MCCORMACK – a 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 – 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 – a bar band singer
    TOWNSPEOPLE and HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS