One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing to exercise control over the town’s youth.
The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Enjoy the popular songs from this show including:
- SOMEBODY’S EYES
- HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
- I’M FREE
- LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY
- MAMA SAYS
- ALMOST PARADISE
New Paradigm Theatre’s production is Directed and Choreographed this year by Lauren Wilder. A director of plays, musicals, and new works, Lauren served as Assistant Director to Gabriel Barre for The Scarlet Pimpernel at Lincoln Center and is the co-author of Elle & Eleanor: Across the Pond, the first adventure in a series of children’s chapter books. Other directing and choreographing work includes: A Christmas Carol, Aida, Urinetown, Sweet Charity, and Boeing Boeing. Lauren’s partnership with Gabriel Barre continued in 2019, as Associate Director on Billy Elliot at Goodspeed Musicals and Duet for Three presented at the AMAS New Works Festival. She has also been the Associate Director for Hunter Foster at Goodspeed Musicals and Cape Playhouse, David Kersnar at Lookingglass Theatre, and Patrick Mullins at Virginia Stage Company. Lauren’s original musical, Niagara, received its premiere in October at the 2019 Hartford Fringe Festival. She is helping develop other new works that will premiere in 2020, including a one man show and a musical. Lauren earned her MA degree in Theatre Direction (Roosevelt University), MM in Music Education (Boston University), and BS in Music Education (Penn State University).
Broadway Veteran Tim Howard will take on the role of “Reverend Shaw”. Acting credits include: Broadway National Tours of Show Boat (Jake) directed by Harold Prince, Parade (J.N. Starnes) directed by Harold Prince and conducted by Jason Robert Brown, Leachman and Howard: Together at Last! (Two-person show with Cloris Leachman). New York Theatre: Elegies (Bill Russell, director/writer) National Dance Institute, The Happy Prince (Cedric) New York Musical Theatre Festival, Jubilee (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Hunchback of Notre Dame (ABC Television-workshop), Abelard and Heloise (Roundabout Theatre). Regional: Studio Arena, Capital Repertory, Boston Shakespeare, Merrimack Repertory, Pittsburgh CLO, Stages St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Television: Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Late Night with David Letterman.
Broadway Veteran Kristin Huffman will perform as “Vi”. Kristin Huffman appeared in the Tony award winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim-“Company”. It also won a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical in which she played the leading role of “Sarah” as well as flute, sax and piccolo. The production was filmed and aired on PBS’s Great Performances. She has a career that has spanned over 20 years professionally performing with operas, theatres, symphonies around the US and she played “Christine” in the European tour of Phantom. As a former Miss Ohio/Runner-up Miss America she continues hosting and producing charity events for NPT that feature her favorite Broadway, Film and TV colleagues often in combination with the NPT Youth Board of directors and college interns. She is a professor at the University of Hartford and trains singer/actors for a life “on the wicked stage”. She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and she frequently judges international choir competitions in the US and Canada. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both Capital University Conservatory of Music BM (Music ed: flute and voice concentration) and Northwestern University (Masters of Music- Opera) www.kristinhuffman.com