August 1 – September 1, 2019
Celebrate the spirit and optimism of young people fighting for change backed by a soundtrack of ‘80s pop anthems in this stage adaptation of the hit film. When city boy Ren moves to a small town where dancing is outlawed, he finds himself an outsider and a target of the local preacher who pushed for the ban – especially after attracting the attention of the reverend’s rebellious daughter.
Through explosive choreography and invigorating songs such as ‘Holding Out for a Hero,’ ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy,’ and the exhilarating title track; Ren challenges the community to reverse the rule and heal from the tragedy that kept their hearts from dancing.
Directed by PEGGY TAPHORN
Stage Adaptation by DEAN PITCHFORD and WALTER BOBBIE
Based on the Original Screenplay by DEAN PITCHFORD • Music by TOM SNOW • Lyrics by DEAN PITCHFORD
Additional Music by ERIC CARMEN, SAMMY HAGAR, KENNY LOGGINS, and JIM STEINMAN
Run time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, OR
Wednesday, August 7, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 8, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Friday, August 9, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 10, 2:00 PM—Post-show talk-back* SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 10, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Sunday, August 11, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
Wednesday, August 14, 7:30 PM—Added performance!—SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 15, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Friday, August 16, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 17, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 17, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Sunday, August 18, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 PM—Added performance!—SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 22, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Friday, August 23, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 24, 2:00 PM—Audio description available—SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 24, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Sunday, August 25, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 29, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 29, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Friday, August 30, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 31, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 31, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Sunday, September 1, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT
*Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.
Music Direction by Mak Kastelic
Set Design by Emily Wilken
Light Design by David Castaneda
Costume Design by Allison Dawe
Prop Designer Laura Savage
Sound Design by Brian K. Moen
Stage Manager Jessica Junor
Mak Kastelic and Barney Stein Keyboard 2
Sean Kelleher Reeds
Eric Toner Guitar 1
Eric Vanderwall Guitar 2
Jeff Langston Bass
Bill Norris York Drums
Alex Geffel Percussion
Ben Quintel Rehearsal accompanist
News, Reviews, and Buzz
Footloose in a perilous Paradise
by Bob Hicks
Oregon ArtsWatch, August 15, 2019
Footloose is the Grease of its day, a rebel-with-a-teenage-cause show punctuated with sassy song and dance and elevated by the sheer hormonal kick of its young characters…Read more.
Footloose Explodes Across The Stage at Broadway Rose
by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews, Aug. 8, 2019
From the moment that Kayla Dixon sang the first notes of “Footloose” it was clear that this show was going to be spectacular, and by the time Eric Asakawa started dancing I was mesmerized by the energy, athleticism, and artistry of the amazing cast… Read more.
The persistent fun of Footloose
by Judy Nedry
JudyNedry.com, Aug. 8, 2019
The 28-member cast and 9-piece orchestra conducted by Alan D. Lytle share a relatively small space yet manage and pull off the performance with skill and exuberance...Read more.
“Footloose” @ Broadway Rose
by Krisptopher Haines
The Crippled Critic, Aug. 5, 2019
“Footloose” is my favorite production of Broadway Rose’s current season. Its choreography is so acrobatic that its the only show I’ve ever seen where I thought to myself, “Where did they find humans without spines? Congress?“…
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: PEGGY TAPHORN
Like many people my age, Footloose provided the soundtrack to my life in the 1980s, days of bold colors, and shoulder pads, big hair and fashion trends from ripped tights and leather to oversized blazers, and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Joan Collins. I remember specifically listening to the cassette of this now iconic music for the very first time. I just kept rewinding the tape and starting it over from the beginning! Footloose is a fun show to put together, because, in addition to the songs, it also has a great story! It’s not just a simple story about a ban on dancing and a rebel with a cause. I discovered a personal connection, a story of people coping with change, having beliefs challenged and acceptance of things new.
Having been a transplant myself, many times across this country, several being my own Bomont (the fictional town). I know these people. The citizens of Bomont grab me. Most prominently the growth of Reverend Moore and Ren but also the survival stories of Ethel and Vi, and the frustration and loneliness of Ariel. In Footloose I see the emotional toll that always being told “no” can have, and the amazing power of “yes.” Ren’s arrival provides a catalyst for everyone to examine themselves more closely and find a way to deal with the pain they had been living with for years. It is my hope that you enjoy the show, and feel free to dance in the aisles to this great score! But, I also hope that you will take a moment to reflect on a time when you weren’t open to a new idea, relationship, or experience. Then compare that feeling to a time when you saw a new experience as an open book and an awesome opportunity.