West-End smash hit Footloose the Musical comes to The Royal Castlebar

The producers of the smash hit musical based on the electrifying Kevin Bacon film are thrilled to bring Footloose The Musical to the Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre as part of a major 2008 tour. Hot on the heels of two triumphant West End seasons and three hugely successful UK tours, the show cut loose and onto the stage in August to kick off the UK and Ireland tour as public demand for the show continues to grow.

When Kevin Bacon’s too-cool-for-school teenager Ren McCormack dared to dance his way out of Chicago and into small-town Bomont in the movie Footloose, an icon for the 80s was born. Kevin Bacon became a global star and the film’s title track went from gold to platinum to multi-platinum in record time, spawning one of the most famous guitar intros of all time! Cultural icon Sarah Jessica Parker was cast alongside Bacon in this much-loved film phenomenon and went on to enjoy great success.

In 1998 Broadway lauded the hit movie live on stage as a musical spectacular. Written by Dean Pitchford (screenplay and lyrics for the film ) and Walter Bobbie, Footloose the Musical tells the story of city boy Ren who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful but Ren, breaking every taboo in the book, is determined to bring dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy.

Directed and choreographed by Olivier award winner Karen Bruce (Saturday Night Fever, The Wedding Singer, Never Forget, Fame ) it’s no surprise to know that Footloose contains some of the slickest, sexiest dance routines you can see on stage! Featuring a dynamic young cast, this fast-paced show is not only packed full of amazing dance but serves up some classic 80s anthems guaranteed to get you to your feet, including “Holding Out For A Hero”, “Almost Paradise”, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” and of course the unforgettable hit title track “Footloose”.

Cast includes Ireland’s own Maureen Nolan (The Nolan Sisters ) as Vi Moore and Richard Grieve (Jonny Foster in Emmerdale, Dr Lachlan Frazer in Home and Away and Sam Kratz in Neighbours ) plays Rev Shaw Moore.

Footloose The Musical is indisputably the show where dance is a star! Footloose The Musical runs at the Royal Castlebar from Tuesday October 28 to Saturday November 1.

Tickets can be booked through www.royal.ie, www.ticketmaster.ie, any ticketmaster outlet nationwide or, for the price of a local call, the box office of the Royal Castlebar at 0818 300000; this number is operational 24/7.

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