On this date thirty years ago, Footloose hit movie theaters across the country. There are several “movie musicals” that informed my upbringing and my eventual draw to the stage: Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Xanadu, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, as well as others, and Footloose certainly ranks up there with the rest. It was a hit at many a school dance in the mid-80s and gave us a chance to show off, recreating the choreography straight from the movie. Connecting to last week’s Musical Monday post, I can’t say I’m all that fond of the stage version of this movie (they turned Ren’s speech at the town meeting into a lackluster rap. Yikes), and I have yet to see the remake, but the original will live on as a classic for my particular tastes. Happy 30th, Footloose!