The Story
Footloose
Stage Adaptation
DEAN PITCHFORD & WALTER BOBBIE

Music
TOM SNOW

Lyrics
DEAN PITCHFORD

Additional Numbers
KENNY LOGGINS, SAMMY HAGAR, JIM STEINMAN, ERIC CARMEN

Additional Lyrics
KENNY LOGGINS
Based on the 1984 hit movie, this high-energy musical is the story of a big city kid who moves to a small town and shakes up the status quo. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the local laws - including a ban on dancing - which are the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town's youths. When the Reverend's rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid.

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Footloose (Finale)
Jeremy Kushnier, Jennifer Laura Thompson & Cast
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Chicago. Any workday of any week. Young people unwind at their favourite dance club where, tonight, they say goodbye to Ren McCormack. Because Ren's father deserted him and his mother, they are being forced to move in with her sister's family in some small town nobody has ever heard of, Bomont, where the spiritual life of the community is carefully monitored by the powerful local minister Reverend Shaw Moore.

Ren quickly finds himself at odds with the repressive, stifling atmosphere in Bomont. The only person seemingly unfazed by Reverend Moore's iron-fisted control is his own daughter Ariel. She runs around with the local bad boy Chuck Cranston, who is sure that he's got the preacher's daughter all figured out.

At school, Ren discovers an unlikely friend in Willard Hewitt, somewhat the country yokel, who is unnerved by Ren's restless energy.

When Ren is stunned to discover that "no dancing of any kind is allowed at any time anywhere within the town limits of Bomont", Ariel's best friends - Rusty, Urleen and Wendy Jo - pull him aside to explain that this law dates back five years to a car accident that claimed the lives of four Bomont teenagers. In the flood of grief and guilt that followed that tragedy, the Rev. Moore managed to convince the Town Council to ban dancing. The girls warn Ren the climate of fear and suspicion that pervades Bomont is all part of small-town living and, in his first months in town, he discovers just how right they are. When Reverend Moore's wife Vi tries to ease ongoing tensions between her daughter and her husband, Shaw refuses to discuss the unpleasantness. Vi gets unexpected support from Ren's mum Ethel, who empathises with Vi's frustration at having to bite her tongue and bide her time.

At the local diner, Ariel's girlfriends bemoan the lack of exciting boys in their lives, and Ariel gets them to join in her fantasy about finding "a guy who amazes me." When Chuck storms in and becomes abusive with Ariel, Ren leaps to her defence. In appreciation Ariel lets Ren in on her private ritual - running through the fields of Bomont, yelling after the trains that will one day, she vows, carry her for away from here. Ren and Ariel find it surprisingly easy to talk but, after Ren walks Ariel home, Shaw demands that she never see Ren again, leading to even further strain within the family. On his way home that same night, Ren is beaten up by a jealous Chuck and his cronies, Travis and Lyle, and the next day, in gym class, when his injuries don't get any sympathy from his coach, Ren's anger and exasperation explode; he vows to "take on this town" and incites a revolution by his classmates: "We're going to throw a dance!" His campaign immediately catches the attention of Reverend Moore and sets the stage for even more conflict to come.


ACT TWO

Ren drives Ariel, Rusty and Willard a hundred miles outside of Bomont to a western dance hall where Irene and the Country Kickers keep things moving.

There, Willard confesses to Ren that he can't dance; the news devastates Rusty. So, while the Cowboys give Willard his first lesson, Rusty explains to the Cowgirls just what it is she finds appealing about this guy with two left feet.

When Ariel arrives home, her defiance provokes Show, and he stops just short of slapping his daughter. Shaw refuses to acknowledge to Vi that his treatment of Ariel has grown severe since the death of their son, who, as it turns out, was one of the four teens killed in that fateful car accident. Vi pleads her daughter's case, but Shaw, as usual, walks away from their confrontation.

Meanwhile, Willard and his friends Bickle, Garvin, and Jeter try to prepare Ren for his upcoming confrontation with the Town Council where he'll challenge the local ordinance which buns dancing. When Ren gets discouraged and threatens to abandon the entire campaign, Willard focuses Ren's efforts with the somewhat loopy wisdom that Willard's mother is known for.

Ariel arrives, angry and bruised after c fight wit Chuck Cranston "I think we just broke up," she announces. She leads Ren to her private hideaway, a trestle below the railroad tracks above the river in which her brother Bobby drowned. There, high above the world's problems, they are surprised to discover that their friendship bus turned to love.

At the long-awaited Town Council meeting, Ren makes his case by quoting passages from a Bible which Ariel hod marked for him.

When Ren's motion is defected, he is devastated. Ethel convinces him that Shaw Moore had "fixed" the vote, and she urges him to go speak to the minister. "Otherwise," she warns, "you'll never make peace with this town."

Ren finds Shaw in church, and admits to the Reverend that, perhaps, his campaign for a dance hod less to do with throwing a party and more to do with finding a renewed sense of purpose in the aftermath of his father's departure. When he turns the discussion to Shaw's son Bobby, though, the Reverend loses his temper and throws Ren out.

Only then does Shaw realise how much the pain of Bobby's death has overshadowed his life - and the lives of everyone in Bomont - and, after a struggle with his conscience, he announces to his parishioners that he has hod a change of heart; that, in fact, a dance might be a good idea.

After church, Shaw's new found peace of mind allows him to reaffirm his love for Vi. And so, for the first time in years, the young people of Bomont are able to dress up and "tear up this town"; and when Reverend Moore enters with Vi and all the other adults in town, the evening finally becomes, not only a celebration, but also an ecstatic expression of healing.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer DODGER ENDEMOL THEATRICALS
Direction WALTER BOBBIE
Choreography A.C. CIULLA
Orchestrations DANNY TROOB
Scenic Design JOHN LEE BEATTY
Costume Design TONI-LESLIE JAMES
Lighting Design KEN BILLINGTON
Sound Design TONY MEOLA
Cast
Ren McCormack JEREMY KUSHNIER
Rev. Shaw Moore STEPHEN LEE ANDERSON
Vi Moore DEE HOTY
Ariel Moore JENNIFER LAURA THOMPSON
Chuck Cranston BILLY HARTUNG
Ethel McCormack CATHERINE COX
Willard Hewitt TOM PLOTKIN
Wendy Jo ROSALIND BROWN
Rusty STACY FRANCIS
Irene ROBIN BAXTER
Urleen KATHY DEITCH
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Footloose Ren McCormack and Company
On Any SundayReverend Shaw Moore and Company
The Girl Gets AroundChuck Cranston, Ariel Moore, Travis and Lyle
I Can't Stand Still Ren McCormack
Somebody's Eyes Rusty, Wendy Jo, Urleen and Company
Learning to Be Silent Vi Moore and Ethel McCormack
Holding Out for a Hero Ariel Moore, Rusty, Wendy Jo and Urleen
Somebody's Eyes (Reprise) Rusty, Wendy Jo and Urleen
Heaven Help Me Reverend Shaw Moore
I'm Free Ren McCormack, Reverend Shaw Moore and Company
Heaven Help Me (Reprise) Ren McCormack, Reverend Shaw Moore and Company
On Any Sunday (Reprise)Ren McCormack, Reverend Shaw Moore and Company


ACT ONE

Let's Make Believe We're in LoveIrene and The Country Kickers
Let's Hear It for the Boy Rusty and Company
Can You Find It in Your Heart? Vi Moore
Mama SaysWillard Hewitt and Boys
Almost Paradise Ren McCormack and Ariel Moore
Dancing Is Not a Crime Ren McCormack and Boys
I ConfessReverend Shaw Moore
On Any Sunday (Reprise) Company
Can You Find It in Your Heart? (Reprise)Reverend Shaw Moore
Footloose (Reprise) Company

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