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Article Date: April 9, 2004 | Publication: Gloucestershire Echo | Author: Gloucestershire Echo

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But now kitsch is the order of the day and when dance extravaganza Footloose comes to The Everyman, Cheltenham, next week, we can enjoy it for the up-tempo, high-energy entertainment it is. Inspired by the hit film of the same name, Footloose is a non-stop riot of colourful costumes, foot-tapping beats, pop melodies and acrobatic dance moves.

The hit Broadway musical features tunes Holding Out For A Hero, Let's Hear It For The Boy and the catchy title track Footloose.

It has been re-choreographed by Karen Bruce, the woman behind the success of West End and Broadway hits Fame and Calamity Jane.

The plot focuses on the small American town of Beaumont, where all dancing is banned.

But when the charismatic young rebel Ren arrives from Chicago he decides to shake things up and soon everyone is won over by the uplifting power of dance. Definitely cheesy but very enjoyable.

Dancer Chris Jarvis stars as Ren and says the show has more to offer than just glorious dance routines.

"It's got a really good script and there are some great acting scenes as well as dance routines.

"The play sticks almost exactly to the same story as the film but it's been re-choreographed and brought up-to-date.

"The story is the same but a lot has changed in terms of presentation.

"It's a high-energy show. There's lots of noise, action, excitement and dancing.

"The music is great," said the 24-year-old who has appeared in Chicago, Cats and Saturday Night Fever in the West End.

"People don't realise what great songs the show has." [b]Chris recently finished filming what is likely to be one of the biggest hits of the year, the long-awaited film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of The Phantom of the Opera.

Chris features in many of the dance scenes alongside the stars, Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.[b]

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