Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by Tom Snow Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
Steven D. Morris
May 11 - June 3, 2018
Thursdays @ 7:30p
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 pm
Sundays @ 2pm
Added Performance: Saturday, June 2nd @ 2pm
Dancing is not a crime at Theatre Arlington!
Theatre Arlington’s 45th Anniversary Season is ready to cut loose with our production of Footloose the Musical, opening on May 11th.
Did you know that the original story from the movie, that led to the Broadway musical
was inspired by true events in the news?
Dean Pitchford, who wrote the original screenplay, was known for writing top pop tunes for stars like Steve Perry and Melissa Manchester, and was approached back in the late 70’s about writing a musical focusing on a girl wanting to be a pop star or go to Broadway. His first thought? “Well, that is dull!” But he pondered...what if it was forbidden or outlawed, then that could certainly spice it up. That thought stayed in the back of his mind when he read the news story in 1979 about a small town in Oklahoma – Elmore City – that had banned dancing for 90 years. That year the high school class of only 11 kids decided they wanted to have a dance, but the town leaders had a big problem with that, even though no one could remember why this a law had been made in the first place. Fights ensued, families split, neighbors weren’t talking to neighbors and the minister put his foot down.
And so...Footloose was born!
Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful until Ren, a city boy from Chicago, arrives and begins breaking all the rules. With the help of some unlikely friends, Ren brings dancing back to the heart of a town held back much too long by the memory of a tragedy. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and open mind. This iconic 1984 movie musical leaves the cinema screen and explodes onto the Theatre Arlington stage this week!
We will have everyone dancing in the aisles.
Appropriate for audiences aged 12 and up.