Footloose, UK tour, review

“I could listen to her sing all day.”

Footloose is touring the UK again this year. Footloose includes some classic 80s anthems such as ‘Holding Out For A Hero’, ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’ and the wonderful title track ‘Footloose’.

Life in Bomont is peaceful and quiet until Ren arrives. Ren brings dance back to the town after it has been held back by the memory of a tragedy.

The current cast of Footloose are so well cast. I was particularly impressed with Adam Booth, who is the understudy for Ren. He can sing AND dance. Something I have seen in previous casts are great singers/no-so-great dancers and vice versa.

Lorna Want is one of my favourite performers. I have seen her in several productions (Footloose previous to this tour too). Her singing is effortless. I could listen to her sing all day.

Jodie Jacobs as Rusty performs a flawless ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’ and with Keisha Amponsa Banson as Urleen and Tanya Robb as Wendy-Jo they make a vocally stunning trio. The trio were very comedic- some great lines.

Matt Willis as Chuck was good enough with the character. His voice is certainly good and he really ‘rocked’ the part. I find Chuck quite a pointless character. He’s a menace but then disappears after hurting many people. I’d like to see the other characters get some revenge. Is that warped?

Giovianni Spano is a truly talented man. He can sing, act and dance. He is just fabulous with the character Willard.

The ‘older’ characters of the show Carys Gray as Ethel McCormack, Karen Ascoe as Vi Moore and Stephen Pinder as Reverend Shaw were very well cast. Great voices and some thoughtful acting choices.

Footloose is a wonderful show. It may seem frivalous on the outside, but it has heart. Well worth seeing.

Lorna Want, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Tanya Robb and Jodie Jacobs

Credit for the photos: Robert Day

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