Full casting has been announced for the 2022 Footloose musical tour casting, starring Jake Quickenden.
Postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, a new UK tour will hit the road from February 2022.
Dancing On Ice winner and theatre star Jake Quickenden will star as Willard (up to 23 July), joined by Darren Day as Reverend Moore.
Jake said: “I can’t wait to get out on tour with Footloose, after such a strange and difficult time we will finally be able to join our friends and family in the theatre for a truly feel -good night out. This show is packed full of amazing 80’s hits I can’t think of a better tonic for 2022.”
Having been previously cast in the postponed 2020 tour, Darren said: “I am so delighted to be able to stay with the tour of Footloose for the 2022 tour. I was a teenager in the 80’s, which is such an impressionable age for movies and music.
“This is one of the most iconic films and soundtracks from my teenage years. I can remember hearing Footloose on the radio for the first time and thinking… what a tune! I’m really looking forward to seeing you there.”
Completing the cast are Lucy Munden (Ariel), Oonagh Cox (Rusty), Anna Westlake (Lulu) Alex Fobbester (Bickle) Ben Barrow (Wes) Ben Mabberley (Jeter) Geri Allen (Ethal) Holly Ashton (Vi) Jess Barker (Wendi-Jo) Joshua Hawkins (Ren) Samantha Richards (Urleen) Tom Mussell (Chuck) and Daniel Miles and Lucy Ireland as off-stage swings.
The hit musical tells the story of city boy Ren who moves to a rural American town where dancing and rock music are banned. Based on the 1980s movie of the same name, Ren soon has the whole town on his feet in his attempt to overturn the ban.
The musical will be presented by Selladoor Productions and Runaway Entertainment with casting by Debbie O’Brien, and will be directed by Racky Plews, with choreography from Matt Cole, musical supervision by Mark Crosslandand design by Sara Perkswith lighting design from Chris Daveyand sound design from Chris Whybrow.