CUT LOOSE: Jake Quickenden to join Darren Day in Footloose cast for UK tour!
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Following two critically-acclaimed tours and huge popular demand, Footloose The Musical is back and better than ever!
The musical, which was postponed in 2020, is set to burst back on to stage in 2022 and will arrive at The Alexandra from 18-23 April.
Prior to that, Footloose will open in the UK at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 14 February following three weeks in Zurich before an extensive UK tour.
Selladoor Productions confirms today that the previously announced Darren Day will remain in the role of Reverend Moore and will be joined on stage by newly-cast Dancing on Ice winner and theatre star Jake Quickenden.
Jake first hit our screens in The X Factor in 2012 and again in 2014 when he went through to the live shows followed by appearances on Chart Show TV, ITV’s Kellys Heroes, as a regular panelist on Big Brothers Bit On The Side and as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Following his win in the 2018 season of Dancing on Ice, Jake has most recently been seen in hit TV show Hollyoaks. Jake is no stranger to the stage having performed in the title role of Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House; also touring with the Dreamboys and appearing in pantomime. He most recently starred in the acclaimed 50th anniversary production of Hair the Musical.
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 feelgood night out. This show is packed full of amazing 80s hits and I can’t think of a better tonic for 2022.”
Jake will join musical theatre favourite Darren Day in the production. Following his first starring theatre role in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Darren has enjoyed an extensive career in the West End including Summer Holiday, Copacabana and Grease. Tours include Alfie, Carousel, Great Expectations, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, We Will Rock You and many more – most recently Mame, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Rita Sue and Bob Too and new musical Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre.
Darren can be seen later this year in the role of Billy Flynn in smash-hit musical Chicago. His TV career has included roles in Sky’s Stella, Hollyoaks and Holby City, as well as many presenting appearances. Darren was a finalist in the 2016 series of Celebrity Big Brother. Recent feature films include White Island, Name of the Game, Rudy and Demon Eye as well as The Krays - Dead Man Walking. Darren is also an established recording artist and has made guest appearances as a singer on a wide range of television shows.
Having been previously cast in the 2020 tour which was postponed due to Covid -19, 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 80s, 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.”
City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he's forced to move to a rural backwater in America, but his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned. Taking matters into his own hands, soon Ren has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet.
Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose The Musical sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With cutting-edge modern choreography, you'll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.
Footloose 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 Crossland and design by Sara Perks with lighting design from Chris Davey and sound design from Chris Whybrow. Further casting will be announced soon.
The Tour will also take place in Manchester
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