To composer Tom Snow, the 1984 movie "Footloose" was made for stage adaptation. "The songs were all somewhat theatrical," he explained. "The songs commented on the action. It seemed a natural extension to fill out the rest of the score for a theatrical venture."
And so he did, with a little help from collaborator, Dean Pitchford. The idea for the musical was Pitchford's. The lyricist approached Snow in 1994, and the two immediately sat down and started writing, with no producer, no director, no guarantee the show would ever get done -- only an idea. "We didn't think about it," said Snow. "We just did our work. It was sort of going back to my roots. Both my parents were involved in the theatre." Snow's dad was involved in radio and community theatre, while mom was a stage manager. "I was always around that sort of music."
Snow considers the new material -- which includes such numbers as "Somebody's Eyes," "The Girl Gets Around" and "I Confess" -- much more theatre-oriented than the original songs from the movie soundtrack. "In terms of structure and intent, they're not pop songs," he said. "The original songs are really pop songs, with a theatrical flair. The new ones are truly theatrical."
Snow has penned tunes for such music names as Linda Ronstadt ("Don't Know Much"), the Pointer Sisters ("He's So Shy") and Bonnie Raitt ("Love's Sneaking Up on You"). This is his first full score for a stage musical, however. He has found the experience rewarding, and, as of Oct. 7, considered most of his work on Footloose completed to his satisfaction. In fact, the experience has been so positive, Broadway may have itself another Hollywood convert. "I'd love to do another musical," said Snow.