Review of Footloose at the King's Theatre starring JLS singer Aston Merrygold
Verdict: Three stars.
Let's face it, Footloose is one of those songs that always makes you want to get up and dance.
From the instantly recognisable beat in the Kenny Loggins hit to the inspirational dance sequence that many have tried to imitate in the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose was always destined for the musical theatre stage.
And the magic of that first film - a new adaptation was made in 2011 - delighted audiences at Glasgow's King's Theatre who saw it transpire on stage on Monday's opening night.
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The show was adapted from screen to stage by Dean Pitchford who developed new songs for the musical theatre audience that did not feature in the original film.
But it is the classics that ultimately send the fans wild from Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out for a Hero to Deniece Williams' hit Let's Hear It for the Boy.
The story of Footloose centres around Ren McCormack (Joshua Hawkins) who leaves Chicago with his mum for a small town called Bomont. Once there he learns that Reverend Shaw Moore (Darren Day) rules the roost with laws that forbid dancing, drinking alcohol and even playing rock n'roll music. As Ren rebels and falls for the rev's daughter Ariel Moore, he learns there is a real tragedy behind the rules.
The real draw for this production is no doubt the celebrity cast which also includes JLS singer Aston Merrygold as the hilarious Willard Hewitt. Merrygold delighted fans with his dancing, singing and comedy routine.
He was bolstered by a cast who not only impressed by playing their own instruments throughout but brought the energy needed to tell this story.
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Footloose on stage is magical at points thanks to the uplifting songs and energetic choreography.
And whether your fan of the original movie or not, the story of rebellion and standing up for your beliefs never gets old.
Catch Footloose at the King's Theatre until Saturday.