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Monday, November 09, 2015

Solid 'Footloose' at Rockville Musical Theatre

Footloose, the four-time Tony Award-nominated 1996 musical that was adapted by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie from the mega-popular 1984 movie of the same name is on display at the Rockville Musical Center (RMC).  An energetic volunteer cast provides a couple of hours of nostalgic foot-stomping numbers embedded in a plot that tugs at your heart. 

Serena Dib and Derek Tatum in FOOTLOOSE  Photo: Dana Robinson
Heart, yes, but this musical, is mostly about the feet as in dancing, which is the show’s hallmark.  It becomes the focus of a bunch of teenagers who try to persuade the recalcitrant Reverend Shaw Moore (Paul Loebach) and other adults in the fictional rural town of Bomont to allow the kids to hold a dance despite the fact dancing had been previously banned by Moore. #hocoarts
Ren McCormack (Derek Tatum), a high school student who loves to dance in Chicago’s clubs heads off to Bomont with his mother after his father abandoned them and financial difficulties ensued.  They stay with his aunt and uncle as he attempts to adjust to his new life.
For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

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