Singing star Maureen Nolan is to join Gareth Gates on the cast of the worldwide smash hit musical Footloose: The Musical, coming to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen next summer.
She will play the minister’s wife Vi Moore, while Gareth will play Willard, as previously announced.
As part of The Nolans, one of Europe’s first girl bands, Maureen sang with her sisters from the age of nine. They were best known for their smash hit single I’m in the Mood for Dancing and enjoyed phenomenal record sales worldwide, working with some of the world’s most respected artists including Frank Sinatra.
On stage, Maureen has played Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers in the West End and on tour to critical acclaim – and as the fourth Nolan sister to play the role, earned them entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. Other credits include Sadie in Girl’s Behind, Jill in Mum’s the Word and Sarah in The Naked Truth.
Gareth rose to fame through the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, going on to sell over five million records worldwide and have hits across the globe. His version of Unchained Melody sold over a million copies in the UK and is the third best-selling single of the Noughties. He is also the youngest ever-male solo artist to debut at number 1.
More recently Gareth has enjoyed a successful career on stage, with credits including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2014 Gareth appeared in the final series of Dancing on Ice, and joined boy band 5th Story as part of ITV’s second series of The Big Reunion, touring arenas with bands including Blue and Five.
Playing Ren McCormack, the role immortalised on screen by Kevin Bacon, is Luke Baker, who is about to finish playing Theo in Green Day’s American Idiot in the West End, with other West End credits including the Olivier Award-winning Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful Thing and I Can’t Sing.
The cast also features Hannah Price as Ariel Moore, Nigel Lister as Reverend Shaw Moore, Nicky Swift as Ethel McCormack, Joanna Sawyer as Rusty, Matthew Tomlinson as Chuck, Natasha Brown as Wendy-Jo, Miracle Chance as Urleen and Scott Haining as Bickie. The cast also includes Lauren Storer, Natalie Morton-Graham, Luke Thornton and Alex Marshall.
Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned.
All hell breaks out as he breaks loose and soon has the whole town up on its feet, dancing to classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track.
When the film was released in 1984, it became the highest-grossing February release in US film history. The soundtrack album ended the year-long reign of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at number one and went on to top album charts all over the world, eventually selling in excess of 17 million copies.
Footloose was nominated for a Golden Globe, and both the title song and Let’s Hear It for the Boy received Academy Award nominations. Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in 1998 where it ran for 709 performances, with a London production following in 2006, opening at the Novello Theatre following a UK Tour.
Tickets for Footloose: the Musical at His Majesty’s Theatre from Monday to Saturday, June 20 to 25 are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.