But it’s the performance of Willard, played by Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates, which is the highlight of an impressive show. Gates has enjoyed a successful stage career since those Pop Idol days with hit shows such as Les Misérables, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Legally Blonde to his name. He plays the part of the loveable but naive Willard brilliantly. http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2016/02/review-footloose-the-musical/
Mention must also be made to Gareth Gates as Willard (who was always my favourite, and the one I’d ask to the dance at the end). Giving one of the most hilarious performances I’ve seen in a while as the slightly dim-witted uncoordinated Willard. The scene in which he learns to dance is utterly ridiculous, his expressions alone are worth the ticket. Mention should also be made (and credit given) to direction/choreography that mean Gates is stripped down to a tiny pair of shorts…it might not be a great artistic decision but it defiantly was a crowd pleaser. And that sums up Footloose really. It’s a crowd pleasing fun, energetic night out. And sometimes, that’s exactly what you need in the theatre. That, and apparently Gareth Gates in little clothing. https://thenerdytheatre.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/footloose-tour.html
But it’s Gareth Gates (on tour with the show on certain dates) who surprises. He’s super. Chockablock with full-bodied magnetism and stage presence, with a mellifluous voice and above all very funny, he steals the show. http://www.whatsonstage.com/manchester-theatre/reviews/footloose-manchester-palace-theatre_39969.html
Just 3 reviews of the many received for Gareth and the Footloose Tour 2016.
Fab news- It’s returning for more dates in 2017! Keep an eye HERE for dates.
As Christmas 2016 nears, we would like to wish everyone peace and goodwill at Christmas, with a reminder of Gareth singing a favourite carol – Oh Holy Night
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