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Footloose set to romp through Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University

Friday, October 13, 2000

Footloose, the hit-laced movie, dance and song sensation of the 1980s, is a hot new touring musical, ready to cut loose in Ames on Oct. 24 with a stop at Stephens Auditorium.

Rocking the house with one of the most popular scores ever written, this high-energy musical opened on Broadway on Oct. 22, 1998. Songs like "Almost Paradise," "Holding Out For a Hero," "Let's Hear It For the Boy," and the Kenny Loggins title track "Footloose" made the powerhouse score an international phenomenon and a multi-platinum best seller. Nine new songs written for the musical by Tom Snow further invigorate the stage version.

As in the movie, the story follows free-spirited teen Ren, who moves with his mother from Chicago to the small town of Bomont after his father's departure from the family. Conflicts arise when Ren is determined to overturn the town's strict law against dancing. After an emotional struggle, during which the town and its minister must come to terms with the heartache and fear underlying the repressive environment they've created, Ren succeeds in convincing the town that it's no sin to be young and the whole town erupts in a celebration of music and dance.

Critics have called the new touring musical Footloose "exhilarating," "Broadway-bright, full of vivid and appealing young performers," and "a genuine audience pleaser." Come cut loose with Footloose at Stephens Auditorium on Oct. 24.

Tickets are now on sale at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster centers.