The Kennedy Center


Broadway Center Stage: Footloose

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - Monday, October 14, 2019


Everybody cut Footloose! The Kennedy Center presents an all-new, semi-staged concert production of everyone's favorite rock'n'roll musical. Featuring J. Quinton Johnson as Ren McCormack, Isabelle McCalla as Ariel Moore, Michael Park as Reverend Shaw Moore, and three-time Tony Award® nominee Rebecca Luker as Vi Moore, with four-time Tony Award® nominee Judy Kuhn as Ethel McCormack.

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Everybody cut Footloose! The Kennedy Center presents an all-new, semi-staged concert production of everyone's favorite rock'n'roll musical. Featuring an Oscar®- and Tony®-nominated top 40 score, this new version, directed by Tony Award® winner Walter Bobbie, explodes onto the stage. The musical features all of the pulse-raising hit songs, such as “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” and the exhilarating title track “Footloose.” 

When rebellious teenager Ren McCormack, played by J. Quinton Johnson (Choir Boy, Hamilton, Broadway Center Stage: In the Heights), moves from Chicago to a small town in Texas where dance and rock music are forbidden, he leads his classmates around the law, and Reverend Shaw Moore, to break free and have a rock'n'roll senior prom. The production also stars Isabelle McCalla (The Prom, Aladdin) as Ariel Moore, the Reverend’s rebellious daughter, with Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) as Reverend Shaw Moore, three-time Tony Award® nominee Rebecca Luker as Vi Moore (Mary Poppins, the Kennedy Center’s Little Dancer), and four-time Tony Award® nominee Judy Kuhn (Fun Home, Les Misérables) as Ethel McCormack.

The cast also includes Joshua Logan Alexander as Chuck, Peter McPoland as Willard Hewitt, Tony Award® nominee Michael Mulheren (Kiss Me, Kate; Bright Star) as Coach Dunbar, Grace Slear (Urleen), Lena Owens as Wendy Jo, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton) as Rusty, and Rema Webb (The Color Purple, Violet) as Lulu Warnicker/Eleanor Dunbar/Betty Blast, with Brandon Burks, Claire Crause, Michele Lee, Jess LeProtto, Gregory Liles, Nick Martinez, Maximilian Sangerman, Jonathan Savage, Bethany Tesarck, Tiernan Tunnicliffe, and Jamar Williams.

Stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman
Directed by Walter Bobbie 
Choreographed by Spencer Liff
Musical direction by Sonny Paladino
Set and projection design by Paul Tate dePoo III
Costume design by David Woolard
Lighting design by Cory Pattak
Sound design by Jon Weston 

Performance Timing: Act 1 - 58 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Act 2 - 52 min.

Broadway Center Stage
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Please note: Broadway Center Stage performances are presented as semi-staged concerts. The actors may carry scripts in hands for various scenes of their performance. 

Featured Artists

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Watch and Listen

Cut Loose With J. Quinton Johnson, Isabelle McCalla, and the Cast of Footloose

Broadway Center Stage: Footloose at The Kennedy Center | Oct. 9-13, 2019