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David Essex to join cast of Footloose
David Essex is to join cast of Footloose - The Musical in the role of 'Reverend Shaw Moore' from 5 June 2006 at the Novello Theatre .
David Essex has enjoyed a career spanning concerts, records, theatre, composing, film and TV. His theatre credits include Jesus in "Godspell" (1971), Che in "Evita" (1978); and Fletcher Christian in is own musical "Mutiny!" (1985). It is 21 years since he last starred in a West End musical. His film credits include "That'll Be The Day"(1973) , "Stardust" (1974) & "Silver Dream Racer" (1980). His pop career includes hit songs, "Rock On" , "Hold Me Close" and "Gonna Make You A Star".
Footloose - The Musical opened 12 April 2006, following previews from 8 April, to luke-warm notices from the popular press: FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The story has two left feet." BRIAN LOGAN for THE GUARDIAN says, "It's all nonsense, of course, but life-affirming nonsense." DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, " Karen Bruce's production is all revved-up but can't disguise the fact that it has no great journey to take us on...it now just looks hopelessly out of date." SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "Staging is frenetic but uninspired."
The show currently includes: Cheryl Baker (Vi Moore) , Johnny Shentall (Chuck Cranston) , Stephen Mcgann (Reverend Shaw Moore, David Essex takes over part from 5 June 2006), Derek Hough (Ren Mccormack) , Amy Pemberton ( Ariel Moore) .
Directed & choreographed by Karen Bruce, the show is based on Dean Pitchford and Kenny Loggins’ 1980s movie , adapted for stage by Walter Bobbie.
Footloose - The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren who has to move to small town America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town on it's feet.
Packed full of dancing and classic 80's hits including Holding Out For a Hero, Let's Hear It For The Boy and of course the title track Footloose.
The show is currently booking to 9 Sep 2006