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Holding Out For A Hero? Check Out Footloose
With high energy dance routines, a passionate love story and songs from Let's Hear It For The Boy to Holding Out For A Hero, it's no wonder that Footloose has become a smash hit on stage and screen.
Gareth Gates stars as Willard in the new production of Footloose touring the UK. Photo credit David Ellis
Based on the 1984 film of the same name starring Kevin Bacon, the theatre version is embarking on a UK tour in 2016 that takes in cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and London suburbs.
Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. But headstrong Ren challenges the rules to not just get the whole town on its feet but also find love.
Starring in the tour as Willard is pop heart-throb Gareth Gates. The singer who shot to fame after appearing in Pop Idol in 2001 will perform from January 29 until April 16 and then return to the show from June 20.
High energy dance routines and great '80s music in Footloose: The Musical
Gates will be joining in with '80s hits from the show's memorable soundtrack including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear it for the Boy and, of course, Footloose.
Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in New York in 1998, followed by a London production in 2006. The latest UK tour is a brand new production.
Footloose: The Musical is based on the hugely popular film starring Kevin Bacon.Photo credit David Ellis
After the film's release in 1984, the soundtrack album ended the year-long reign of Michael Jackson's Thriller at number one and went on to top album charts all over the world, eventually selling more than 17million copies.
Footloose - UK Tour Tickets cost £17.90 - £43.40.
Friday 29 January - Saturday 6 February 2016 BRIDLINGTON Spa For tickets, visit the Bridlington Spa website or call 01262 678258.