Last year’s pantomime at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre was exceptional – this season they’ve only gone and topped it!
Jukebox musicals are fine in their place, movie adaptations likewise are ever increasingly the norm, but they need love and inspiration to elevate them.
You can see where this is going. The theme is rather reminiscent of those films with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were put upon youngsters fight their way out of a difficult situation by…. yes, putting on a show!
There is great support from Gareth Gates as Willard – surprisingly funny and sweet throughout. Even if at times some of his mannerisms are slightly over the top, he is always endearing.
Summer’s officially over, but don’t be sad – there’s plenty of great theatre to keep you happy. Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon has rounded up the productions she’s most looking forward to in September. With Mates ticket links!
Footloose as an individual track is a tune I have been familiar with and known the words to since I can remember. Footloose as a show with a full range of foot-tapping musical numbers (which I could now listen to on repeat) I was not at all familiar with, however the incarnation of the show which is currently playing at Coventry Belgrade Theatre, is now rooted as a firm favourite.
Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan reprise their roles in Footloose for a new 2017 tour, plus three weeks at the Peacock Theatre in the West End next September.
Footloose is the best 80s dance film. Better than Dirty Dancing. There. I’ve said it. I stand by it. I love an 80s dance film in general (except Dirty Dancing, I really hate that film) but Footloose is unashamedly my favourite. Added to that an early 00’s pop favourite in Gareth Gates and Footloose is the making of an excellent, entertaining night out.
Sell a Door Theatre company bring high energy to the stage with the invitation to cut loose with Footloose. But while there’s energy aplenty, don’t expect it to bring the Bacon.
911 and The Big Reunion star Lee Brennan will make his musical theatre debut when he joins the cast of Footloose: The Musical, playing the role of Willard from Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 18 June 2016. Lee will join the UK tour for dates in Oxford, Weston Super Mare, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry, Torquay and Glasgow.
Gareth Gates stars in the tenth anniversary production of concert spectacular Mad About the Musicals, which is currently touring the UK until 8 November 2015. We asked him a few questions about the show and his own love of showtunes… Be sure to take part in enter our competition to win one five CDs signed by Gareth too!