Getting To Know... Footloose

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Getting To Know... Footloose

Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, Jim Steinman

Short Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  8f, 8m, 10 any gender

Music by Tom Snow / Lyrics by Dean Pitchford / Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie / Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford / Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman

Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness. A one-hour version of the explosive musical specially designed for young performers! 

Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Getting To Know... Footloose
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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    8f, 8m, 10 any gender
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: 1985 Academy Award, Best Original Song (“Footloose”)
    Nominee: 1985 Academy Award, Original Song (“Let’s Hear It For The Boy”)
    Nominee: 1985 Grammy Award, Best Soundtrack Album
    Nominee: 1999 Grammy Awards, Best Musical Show Album
    Nominee: 1999 Tony® Award, Best Book of a Musical
    Nominee: 1999 Tony® Award, Best Score
    Number One! Billboard Top 200 of 1984

Description
The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers.

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 17 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.

History
Footloose first burst onto the silver screen in 1984 and proved to be one of the year’s most successful motion pictures. The soundtrack recording reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and went on to sell over 17 million copies worldwide, generating such Top Forty hits as the title song and “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (both of which received Academy Award nominations), “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 focused on young people, much like his previous, and wildly successful, movie musical Fame.

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 this heartwarming story and electrifying music to a whole new generation.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Youth/Camp Programs
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

Footloose takes place in Chicago and the small town of Bomont.

Specific Locations 
City of Chicago
Town of Bomont, in Church
The Churchyard
Behind a Gas Station
High School Hallway
Moore Home
The Burger Blast
The Great Plains of Bomont
High School Gym
The Bar-B-Que, a Country/Western Dance Hall
The Junk Yard
Under the Train Bridge
Town Hall

Casting

8f, 8m, 10 any gender
Cast Attributes
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
CHARACTERS


Ren McCormack
Chicago Friends: Dani, Lindsay, Stevie, Marty
Ethel McCormack
Reverend Shaw Moore 
Chuck Cranston 
Ariel Moore 
Vi Moore
Lulu
Wes
Rusty
Urleen
Wendy Jo
Coach Roger Dunbar - the high school gym teacher
Eleanor Dunbar - his wife
Rusty
Willard Hewitt
Principal Clark
Cop
Coach Dunbar
Lyle
Travis
Betty Blast
Eleanor Dunbar
Cowgirl Bonnie
Cowboy Bob
Cowgirl Jude
Cowboy Chet
Cowgirl Laura Jo
Bickle
Jeter
Garvin



ENSEMBLE
Young People (including Kids, Friends, Students, Girls, Boys, Boy 1, Boy 2, Guys)
Congregation (including Choir, Parishioners)
Band
Cowboys
Council Members
Townspeople

Music

  • Musical Style: Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: Medium
1. "Footloose/On Any Sunday" - Ariel, Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo, Ren, Shaw, Shaw, Cast
2. "School Bell/Scene Change" - Instrumental
3. "I Can't Stand Still" - Ren, Willard
4. "Somebody's Eyes" - Rusty, Wendy Jo, Urleen, Townspeople
5. "Scene Change To Burger Blast" - Instrumental
6. "Holding Out For A Hero" - Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo, Ariel, Girls
7. "Scene Change/Train Whistle 1" - Instrumental
8. "The Plains of Bomont" - Instrumental
9. "Somebody's Eyes (Reprise)" - Rusty, Wendy Jo, Urleen, Chuck, Lyle, Travis
10. "Heaven Help Me" - Shaw
11. "On Any Sunday March" - Instrumental
12. "I'm Free/Heaven Help Me" - Ren, Shaw, Kids, Choir
13. "I'm Free (Playoff)" - Instrumental
14. "Still Rockin"' - Cowgirls, Company
15. "Bar-B-Que Underscore" - Instrumental
16. "Let's Hear It For The Boy" - Rusty, Company
17. "Let's Hear It (Playoff)" - Instrumental
18. "Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Part 1)" - Vi
19. "Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Part 2)" - Vi
20. "Under The Bridge" - Instrumental
21. "Mama Says" - Willard, Garvin, Bickle, Jeter
22. "Train Whistle 2" - Instrumental
23. "Almost Paradise" - Ren, Ariel
24. "Out Of Paradise" - Instrumental
25. "Out Of Council" - Instrumental
26. "Transition To Moore Home" - Instrumental
27. "We've Both Lost Somebody" - Instrumental
28. "Ariel Comforts Shaw" - Instrumental
29. "Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Reprise)" - Company
30. "Almost Dancing" - Instrumental
31. "Footloose (Finale)" - Company
32. "Bows" - Instrumental
33. "Exit Music" - Instrumental
This musical is performed with accompaniment tracks.

Materials

Scripts

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:

Standard Hire Package

30 Student Libretto/Vocal books
1 Piano/Vocal Book
1 Production Guide

1 Digital Resource Package:

  • Performance Tracks
  • Guide Vocal Tracks
  • Guide to Choreography & Staging
  • Audition Sides and Forms and Track Samples
  • Costume Design
  • Set Design 
  • Props List
  • Artwork

Additional Resources And Services Available

Media

Press

"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

Music Samples

Videos

  • Footloose Trailer: Venue Cymru 2017

  • Footloose Broadway - Press Reel

  • Footloose: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1998

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Photos

  • Getting To Know... Footloose

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

  • Getting To Know... Footloose

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

  • Getting To Know... Footloose

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

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Authors

Dean Pitchford

Born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Yale University, Dean Pitchford performed off- and on-Broadway (Godspell; Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing. Dean was nominated for four Academy Awards (winning the 1981 Best Song Oscar for "Fame," co-written w/ Mi ...

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Walter Bobbie

Walter Bobbie directed the New York productions of Bright Star, Venus in Fur, The Landing, Golden Age, School for Lies, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Chicago, The Submission, Cabin Pressure, The Savannah Disputation, New Jerusale ...

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Tom Snow

Tom Snow has been making music, recording albums and writing hits for himself and other artists - on record, on radio, in the United States and all over the world - since the early 1980s.He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture: "Let's Hear It for the Boy" from

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Eric Carmen

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Sammy Hagar

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Kenny Loggins

Jim Steinman

Though Jim Steinman began in the theatre, he is best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 96 million copies. The L.A. Times described him as the Richard Wagner of rock. At Amherst College he wrote and starred in an epic musical The Dream Engine. It caused a sensat ...

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