Review: Footloose – National Tour

Full of high energy and great performances from talented actor musicians, Footloose bursts onto the stage in this remastered version of the hit musical.

footloose-dress-9After his father leaves them, Chicago lad Ren and his mother are forced to move to the sleepy town of Bomont, a place where everybody knows everybody else’s business. After living in the city Ren finds it hard to fit in to this rural backwater, especially when he discovers some of the towns unusual laws, including one that bans dancing! It isn’t long before Ren starts breaking the rules, and his new classmates are following suit.

Featuring classic musical numbers including Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise and the familiar 80s hit, and title track Footloose this musical hits the spot right from the beginning with some amazing vocal performances.

Gareth Gates stars in this show playing Willard with ease, this sidekick to the lead role of Ren (Luke Baker), who showed excellent acting prowess and some great dance moves. Maureen Nolan (a musical stalwart) stars as Viv, the long-suffering wife of Rev Shaw Moore, playing the part with ease.

This show has a very strong and talented cast, however a special mention must go to Hannah Price, who making her professional debut as Ariel, put in a brilliant performance.

Overall Footloose the musical is a fantastic show, the storyline maybe a bit naff, however it’s full of sterling performances and a great night out, especially if you’re a fan of the 80s!

• Footloose is at the Ipswich Regent until Saturday 8th October (and then touring nationally). To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100 or visit

— Review Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine —