Footloose (90-Minute Version)

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Footloose (90-Minute Version)

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  7f, 8m

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

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

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.

Photography by Jeremy Daniel

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7f, 8m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • 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
Licence details
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Details

Summary

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.

History
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.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours
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
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting The city of Chicago and the town of Bomont. Now.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

“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

Photos

  • Footloose (90-Minute Version)

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

  • Footloose (90-Minute Version)

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

  • Footloose (90-Minute Version)

    Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Music

1. “Footloose / On Any Sunday” – Full Company
1a. Churchyard Transition – Orchestra
2. “The Girl Gets Around” – Chuck, Lyle, Travis & Ariel
2a. “After Girl” – Chuck, Lyle & Travis
2b. Hallway Scene – Orchestra
3. “I Can’t Stand Still” – Ren & Willard
4.“ Somebody’s Eyes” – Rusty, Wendy Jo, Urleen & Townspeople
5. Scene Change to Burger Blast Diner – Orchestra
6. “Holding Out For A Hero” – Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo & Ariel
7. The Plains of Bomont – Orchestra
7a. “Scene Change (Somebody’s Eyes)” – Rusty, Wendy Jo & Urleen
7b. “Somebody’s Eyes (Reprise)” – Rusty, Wendy Jo, Urleen, Chuck, Lyle & Travis
8. On Any Sunday (March) – Orchestra
9. “I’m Free / Heaven Help Me” – Ren, Shaw, Kids & Choir
10. “Still Rockin’” – Cowboy Bob & Band Members
10a. Cowboy Bob Dances – Orchestra
11. “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” – Rusty, Girls & Female Dancers
12. Transition – Orchestra
12a. “Dancing Is Not A Crime” – Ren, Willard, Bickle, Jeter & Garvin
13. “Mama Says (You Can’t Back Down)” – Willard, Garvin, Bickle & Jeter
13a. “Mama Says Encore” (Optional) – Willard, Garvin, Bickle & Jeter
14. “Almost Paradise” – Ren & Ariel
14a. Out of Paradise – Orchestra
14b. Out of Council – Orchestra
14c. Transition to Moore Home – Orchestra
15. Ariel Comforts Shaw (Und.) – Orchestra
16. “Heaven Help Me” – Shaw
16a. After Heaven – Orchestra
17. “Can You Find It In Your Heart?” – Shaw
18. “Footloose (Finale)” – Full Company
19. Bows – Orchestra
20.“ Megamix” (Optional) – Full Company
21. Exit Music – Orchestra
Full Orchestration
Keyboard I-Conductor (Synthesizer) 
Keyboard II (Synthesizer) 

Reeds (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax) 

Guitar I (Electric, Acoustic Steel, Acoustic Nylon) 
Guitar II (Electric, Acoustic Steel, Acoustic Nylon) 
Bass 

Drums
Percussion; Tambourine, Industrial Sounds, Congas, Huge Electronic Hits, Cymbal, Mark Tree, Vibes, Shaker, Tubular Bells, Cow Bell, Bell Tree, Timpani, Xylophone, Triangle
  • Musical StylePop/Rock
  • Vocal DemandsModerate

Materials

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27 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Keyboard 1-Conductor 
1 Reed 
1 Guitar 1
1 Guitar 2
1 Keyboard 2
1 Drums
1 Percussion
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack 

Optional Keyboard Patches/Programming:
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27 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Keyboard 1-Conductor 
1 Logo Pack 

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Authors

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: "L ...

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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," ...

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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 Jerusalem, High Fidelity, The Other Woman, The Marri ...

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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 ...

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