911 star Lee Brennan is to make his musical theatre debut when he joins the cast of Footloose: The Musical, playing the role of Willard.
From 19 April – 18 June. Brennan will join the UK tour for dates in Oxford, Weston Super Mare, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry, Torquay and Glasgow, stepping in for Gareth Gates.
Brennan is best known as one-third of multi-million selling boy band 911. One of the biggest pop acts of the 90s, 911 were one of only five acts in the decade to achieve 10 consecutive UK Top 10 hit singles, selling over 10 million records around the world and touring the UK four times. Brennan returned to 911 in 2013, when the band reformed for the ITV series The Big Reunion. An arena tour followed, where they played to over 200,000 fans alongside acts including Five and Blue.
Brennan said: “I am unbelievably excited about joining the amazing cast of Footloose! It has always been a dream of mine to perform in a musical and I cannot wait to get started in my role as Willard. I loved the film and have seen the current stage version and it blew me away!”
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 the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. It is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews (American Idiot). It is produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company.