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Footloose the Musical (1998 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording


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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: February 16, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Q. Records
  • ASIN: B00000I8SN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act I: Footloose/On Any Sunday
2. Act I: The Girl Gets Around
3. Act I: I Can't Stand Still
4. Act I: Somebody's Eyes
5. Act I: Learning To Be Silent
6. Act I: Holding Out For A Hero
7. Act I: Heaven Help Me
8. Act I: I'm Free/Heaven Help Me
9. Act II: Let's Make Believe We're In Love
10. Act II: Let's Hear It For The Boy
11. Act II: Can You Find It In Your Heart?
12. Act II: Mama Says (You Can't Back Down)
13. Act II: Almost Paradise
14. Act II: Dancing Is Not A Crime
15. Act II: I Confess
16. Act II: Can You Find It In Your Heart? (Reprise)
17. Act II: Footloose (Finale)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Dodger Endemol Theatricals presents Stephen L. Anderson, Dee Hoty, Jeremy Kushnier, Jennifer L. Thompson in Footloose

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Footloose is only one of a batch of dance-movies-turned-musicals from the late-'90s, but it's probably the best. Unlike Fame, it gives an audience the movie songs it expects to hear, and unlike Saturday Night Fever, it complements those songs with newly written, honest-to-goodness book songs that support the plot (written by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow, who wrote songs for the original film). Like the 1984 Kevin Bacon film that inspired it, Footloose follows the story of Ren (Jeremy Kushnier), who moves with his mother (Catherine Cox) to a small town where dancing is prohibited by law. Teens will be teens, of course, so Ren ends up at odds with the town and especially the local minister, Reverend Moore (Stephen Lee Anderson). Along the way, the characters sing familiar songs from the movie ("The Girl Gets Around," "Holding Out for a Hero," "Let's Hear It for the Boy," "Almost Paradise," and of course the title tune), but the new songs are enjoyable as well. Footloose: The Musical doesn't exactly break new ground, but it's a good listen, particularly if you like the movie. The booklet includes a detailed synopsis, photos, and full lyrics. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

I have every song stuck in my head.
Ishkibible
You absolutely must buy this cd if you even a little bit liked this show, or if you love musicals.
Oscar Kosola
I just saw Footloose yesterday it was awesome!
Noah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Power on November 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Jeremy Kushnier is an up and coming star on the Broadway scene. He possesses a triple threat combo of superior voice with fantastic tone and coloration, dance moves that knock your socks off, and the ability to connect with an audience and really act.
This CD showcases his vocal talents and manages to capture the energy and verve of the live show without the benfit of Mr. Kushnier's acting and dancing abilities. Each of his cuts demonstrates why he has become the darling of NYC critics and theatre goers.
Another not to be missed cut is Stacie Francis' take on "Let's Hear It For the Boy". Her powerful, bluesy voice can shatter a chandelier and is an amazing instrument.
Even if you haven't had the chance to enjoy the show on Broadway or see the old Kevin Bacon film (you'll love the new songs that fill out the plotline), you will love this hit .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Nelson on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ok, When I first bought this CD, I was a little disappointed. But, once I had actually seen Footloose, my thoughts changed. This music, on stage, had SOOOO much energy I couldn't believe it! Now, everytime I listen to it I remember it and enjoy the music. It does grow on you! Also, the somewhat cheesy song, "Dancing is not a crime" is not so cheesy when actually seen in the play! The play is hilarous and very, very good! I would recommend this C.D. to people who enjoy the movie and fast, energertic songs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magenta on July 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This recording is fabulous! They have revamped the 80's music to give it a new, fresh sound while still keeping the original mood intact.

More people need to be exposed to this show. Most of the people who have written reviews here have been in a production of the show. I am now playing Wendy Jo in it.

Personally, I think the best songs on this CD are:

Footloose/On Any Sunday

The Girl Gets Around

I Can't Stand Still

Somebody's Eyes

Learning To Be Silent

I'm Free

I Confess

Holding Out For A Hero

Footloose: Finale

Let's Hear It For The Boy just doesn't do it for me. Neither does Almost Paradise. But the rest of the songs on this recording are not to be missed!

It's a fabulous, energetic, beautiful, crazy, peppy piece of fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eli S. Phillips on April 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! After seeing this performance done at a local high school (who did a stellar job with it, I must say) I fell in love with the songs and the dancing. I used to listen to the movie soundtrack when I was younger, so many of the songs were familiar. This version makes them more "musically" than they are on the original movie CD, and it's wonderful to hear harmonies and new lyrics. All of the voices sound splendid, and although the songs song by the adults (particularly the Reverand Shaw) are not as enjoyable, there are still the strong 80's hits that one can listen to again and again! Enjoy, and buy this at once!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hancock the Superb on February 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
While I never got to see it on Broadway, I did see and quite enjoy a
performance of Footloose: the Musical by my high school a few years back. This show is perhaps one instance where amateur productions are preferable to professional ones, inasmuch as most of the characters
are teenagers.

My nostalgia aside, Footloose the Musical is a generally solid take on
the beloved 1984 film which made Kevin Bacon a house-hold name and gave us some of the most memorable tunes of the last fifty years. The cast is generally talented, particularly Jennifer Laura Thompson (Ariel), Stacey Francis (Rusty), and Dee Hoty (Vi Moore) who easily steal the show. It's arguably better than the original film soundtrack, and certainly lacks the '80s cheese that pervades the former.

First off: we must acknowledge that whatever one thinks of the original
film, the soundtrack at least is an icon of pop culture. So the musical
had a lot to live up to. For the most part, they do a great job with the
material, adding new layers to it, with better orchestration, and fleshing out characters. It's still very slight material for a Broadway show, but its to the credit of Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford that they make it work, and arguably improve on the material.

The re-arrangements of old favorites aren't bad: indeed, extra credit should go to Jeremy Kushnier and JLT for making the VERY gag-worthy "Almost Paradise" at least tolerable. The reworkings of "Footloose", "I'm Free", and "The Girl Gets Around" are pretty darn good, although this rendition of "Holding Out For a Hero" proves for the umpteenth time that no one other than Bonnie Tyler should go near that old standard.

Easily the two best songs of the album are "Somebody's Eyes" and "Let's Hear It For The Boy".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I must say that this in overall quality is quite high. However, it does contain one huge flaw. This flaw lies in the hands of Stephen Lee Anderson who plays the preacher Shaw Moore. While his characterization is fair, his speech is the problem. He seems to have a strong speech impediment which really shows trough in the song I Confess. His endings of words the end in s and very pronunced due to his lisp. For example, during that song it become, "I confesss I did always knew the ansswersss, I don't always know which way is true, neverthelessssssss." It becomes very annoying. Also his voice is not overly strong. It is a wonder why the producers cast him in this role. The tour which had Darrin Kelly in this role was 500% better.
Overall though remember, the CD is way above average. It's strong points are the opening number, the preacher wife (tony nominated Dee Hoty), Willard, and of course its lead Ren McCormick. Also look for an amazing version of "Let's Hear it For the Boy"
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