Joshua Dowen (Dogfight, Cool Rider) will step into the starring role of dance-hungry Ren McCormack in the new touring production of hit show Footloose the Musical.
Launching at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 21 April, the production will feature Hannah Price as Ariel, the role she previously played on last year’s tour.
Also joining the previously announced Gareth Gates (Willard) and Maureen Nolan (Vi Moore) are: Reuven Gershon (Let It Be, West End and Broadway) as Reverend Shaw; Lindsay Goodhand (Crazy For You) as Ethel McCormack; Laura Sillett (Grease) as Rusty; Connor Going (The Pirates of Penzance) as Chuck; Emma Fraser (The Vaudevillians) as Wendy Jo; Gracie Lai (Avenue Q) as Urleen; Tomas Wolstenhome (Once) as Bickle; Dominic Gee Burch (The Legend of King Arthur) as Jeter and Alex Marshall (Buddy) as Wes.
The cast is completed by Luke Dowling, Grace Lancaster, Laurence Libor, Jamie Ross and Lauren Storer. Directed by Racky Plews (American Idiot), the tour will include a strictly limited West End season at the Peacock Theatre from 12-30 September and dates in Belgium at Kursaal Oostende (26 July to 6 August).
Based on the hit 1984 film which featured Kevin Bacon in the central role of the boy who brings dance to a small American town, the show first opened on Broadway in 1998.
Footloose the Musical has music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and is adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. It is based on Pitchford’s original screenplay.
Choreography for the tour will be by Matthew Cole, with design by Sara Perks and musical supervision by Mark Crossland. The show will be produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Selladoor Productions, Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Stephen McGill Productions.
After Wimbledon the tour will move on to York Grand Opera House (2-6 May) followed by Wycombe Swan Theatre (8-13 May), Richmond Theatre (15-20 May), Queens Theatre, Hornchurch (22-27 May), Buxton Opera House (30 May -3 June), Venue Cymru, Llandudno (5-10 June), Coventry Belgrade Theatre (13-17 June), Swansea Grand Theatre (19-25 June), Guildford G Live (10-15 July), Churchill Theatre, Bromley (19-22 July), Preston Guild Hall (7-12 August), Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne (15-19 August), The Towngate Theatre, Basildon (21-26 August), and Storyhouse Theatre, Chester (5-9 September).
Gates will not appear in Wimbledon and Chester.