Footloose' dances onto the stage

August 27, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck

"Footloose," the new musical based on the 1984 movie about a city boy who moves to a small town where dancing is banned, began a one-month pre-Broadway run at Washington's Kennedy Center on Tuesday.

Directed by Walter Bobbie, who won a Tony Award for the hit revival of "Chicago," the musical features a 37-member cast headed by Jeremy Kushnier (whose credits include the Toronto production of "Rent") in the role created on film by Kevin Bacon. The movie's composer, Tom Snow, and lyricist, Dean Pitchford, have added several songs to their score, which also includes music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.

The producers of "Footloose" are so confident in the show, they're launching a touring company in December. That production arrives at the Mechanic Theatre in February.

"Footloose" will be presented in the Opera House at Kennedy Center, off Virginia and New Hampshire avenues N.W., Washington. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 20. Tickets are $20-$68. Call 800-444-1324.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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