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It has been announced that Footloose: The Musical will return to London in 2017 as part of an international tour that launches at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Friday 21 April 2017. The production will enjoy a strictly limited West End run at the Peacock Theatre where it will run from 12 September to 30 September 2017.
The production ran on a 2016 tour which entertained over 160,000 people across the UK. Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan will reprise their roles as Willard and Vi Moore, with full cast to be announced in January 2017.
Featuring music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford the stage musical is based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon. Adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, it is directed by Racky Plews and features choreography by Matthew Cole, design by Sara Perks and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.
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 breaks loose and 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 title track, Footloose: The Musical is set to take the world by storm once again, bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.
The film's soundtrack album went on to top album charts all over the world, eventually selling in excess of 17 million copies. The film 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.
The international tour is produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Selladoor Productions, Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Stephen McGill Productions.
Further casting for the run at the Peacock Theatre is yet to be announced.