The Broadway season got off to a dancing start with Footloose, a new musical based on the 1984 Herbert Ross film, which made a star out of Kevin Bacon and spawned its own hit parade of pop tunes. The book, by Walter Bobbie (who also directed) and Dean Pitchford (who wrote the original screenplay) follows the film closely: Ren McCormack is a teenager uprooted from Chicago to the one-horse town of Bomont (state unspecified) after his father takes off for good. Ren's nervy, street-smart ...

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