For personal reasons I went south to see Footloose at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano.
Before going I saw the movie, an oddly dark and depressing piece. The songs were all done as background.
It was a relief to see the musical which is about normal teenage rebelliousness in a small town.
It worked because
- of the highly professional backup band, completely hidden behind the set. They were a secret, I guess, since their names didn't appear in the program and we never saw their faces. (Hint: union)
- of the high energy maintained throughout.
- of the good and incredibly varied singing by the cast, led by Adam Tapha Hunt and Juliana Rotta. I also enjoyed the screamer Katherine Gutierrez.
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