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Dean Pitchford is a multi-talented artist who has made significant contributions to the entertainment industry as a writer, lyricist, and director. Born on July 29, 1951, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pitchford began his career as an actor before transitioning into writing and directing.

Pitchford's Broadway career began in 1980 when he co-wrote the book and lyrics for the musical "Fame," which was based on the popular film of the same name. The show was a huge success, running for over 1,000 performances and earning Pitchford a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.
In 1984, Pitchford wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the musical "Footloose," which was based on the hit film of the same name. The show was a smash hit, running for over 700 performances and earning Pitchford a Tony nomination for Best Original Score. The musical has since become a beloved classic and was revived on Broadway in 1998.
Pitchford's success on Broadway led to opportunities in film and television. He wrote the screenplay for the 1984 film "Footloose," which starred Kevin Bacon and became a cultural phenomenon. He also contributed songs to the films "Sing" and "Fievel Goes West."
In addition to his work in film and on Broadway, Pitchford has also made significant contributions to the world of music. He wrote the lyrics for the hit song "After All," which was performed by Cher and Peter Cetera and was featured in the film "Chances Are." He also wrote the lyrics for the song "Make Me Lose Control," which was performed by Eric Carmen and was a top 10 hit in the US.
Pitchford's most recent work includes writing the book for the musical "The Big Boom," which premiered at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2019. The show is a musical comedy that follows a group of small-town residents who are trying to save their town from a nuclear disaster.

Dean Pitchford Photos

Dean Pitchford STAGE CREDITS

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1979

Original Broadway Production, 1972
Pippin [Replacement]

Pippin (Standby) [Replacement]

Pippin (Understudy) [Replacement]

Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1976

[New York]
Reading, 1986


Additional Material
Source Material
Stage adaptation, original screenplay, lyrics
Additional Material

Dean Pitchford Movies

[ 1984 ] writer
[ 1989 ] writer
Our Footloose Remake
[ 2011 ] writer

Dean Pitchford Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Book of a Musical

Dean Pichford, Footloose

Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Dean Pitchford, Footloose

Dean Pitchford Videos

Dean Pitchford News

FOOTLOOSE Announced At The Morgan-Wixson Theatre

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of FOOTLOOSE at The Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, directed by Niko Montelibano.
Performers and Presenters for 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala Includes Carrie Underwood, Kevin Bacon & More

Trey Anastasio, Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon p/k/a The Bacon Brothers, Cary Barlowe, Andra Day, Rodney Chrome, El Debarge, Missy Elliott, Jason Isbell, Nile Rodgers, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Deniece Williams and Paul Williams will either present and/or perform at the 53rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 13th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Centenary Stage Company Announces Its 2024-2025 Season Of Theatre, Music And Dance In Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company, the not-for-profit theatre company prepares a full schedule of professional theatrical performances for their 39th season.
Video: Kevin Bacon Visits FOOTLOOSE High School Prior to Demolition

Watch a video of Kevin Bacon's speech to Payson High School students on prom night here!
Cast Set For Pitlochry Festival Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre's FOOTLOOSE

Pitlochry Festival Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre are heading back to the 1980s this summer to stage a spectacular new production of the explosive musical Footloose.  Learn more about the cast here!
CARRIE THE MUSICAL Comes To TheatreZone in April

Carrie: The Musical, the thriller based on Stephen King's first published novel, is coming to TheatreZone Thursday, April 25. Set in the present in the small New England town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie is a multi-layered coming-of-age story dealing with feelings of isolation, bullying and religious fanaticism.
Spotlight: FOOTLOOSE at Macklanburg Playhouse

Join Us for Footloose the Musical
Photos: First Look at FOOTLOOSE at The Colony Theatre

Footloose is currently running at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA through March 17th. Check out photos from the production here!
Diane Warren to Receive Johnny Mercer Award at the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala

Diane Warren will be honored with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala in New York City on June 13, 2024. Other notable inductees include Hillary Lindsey, Timbaland, and R.E.M. The award reflects whose body of work upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.
Interview: Barry Pearl's FOOTLOOSE & Always Fancy-Free

Panic! Productions & BarCinBoo Productions’ Footloose the Musical will open at the Colony Theatre March 2, 2024 (with previews beginning March 1st). Barry Pearl directs with co-director/choreographer Michelle Elkin. Barry managed to free up some time to give me some behind-the-scenes of Footloose.
Cast and Designers Set For FOOTLOOSE at The Colony Theatre In Burbank

The Colony Theatre  will present the Panic! and BarCinBoo production of Footloose the Musical March 1–17.
Review: You will 'loose your blues' at FOOTLOOSE at CMPAC

What did our critic think of FOOTLOOSE at CMPAC? In 1984, Footloose starring Kevin Bacon, danced its way on to the big screen. While it was not well received by the film critics, it did manage to resonate with audiences.
CATS, SPRING AWAKENING & More Set for Algonquin Arts Theatre 2024-25 Broadway Series

Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ has revealed the titles for their 2024-25 Broadway Series.
Young Players Second Stage to Present FOOTLOOSE at The Royal Theatre

The Historic Royal Theatre will bring FOOTLOOSE to the stage in 2024, performed by the Young Players Second Stage.
The Colony Theatre Announces Panic! And BarCinBoo Productions' FOOTLOOSE Coming March 2024

The Colony Theatre in Burbank announces Panic! Productions and BarCinBoo Productions will stage the powerhouse show “FOOTLOOSE: The Musical” coming in 2024.
FOOTLOOSE Debuts On 4K Ultra HD In Celebration Of The Film's 40th Anniversary

The film features an exceptional supporting cast, including Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Chris Penn, along with a sensational soundtrack featuring Kenny Loggins, Shalamar, Deniece Williams, Bonnie Tyler, Quiet Riot, John Mellencamp, Foreigner, and more.
Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2024 Nominees For Induction

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) announces the 2024 nominees for induction at its Induction & Awards Gala in New York City. Voting members have until December 27, 2023, to submit their ballots. Check out the complete list of nominees on
Video: Kevin Bacon Recreates FOOTLOOSE Dance to Celebrate the End of the Actors Strike

Kevin Bacon took to social media to celebrate the end of the actors strike with a dance many may find familiar! The actor recreated an iconic scene from Footloose, in which he starred, to mark the end of the 118-day strike.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Announces A VERY MOTOWN CHRISTMAS And 2024 Summerstage Season

Arkansas Repertory Theatre has announced a holiday special performance event, 'A Very Merry Motown Christmas,' and their 2024 SummerStage Season featuring productions like Pride & Prejudice, Footloose, Into the Side of a Hill, and Hello, Dolly!


How many Broadway shows has Dean Pitchford been in?

Dean Pitchford has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Dean Pitchford been in?

Dean Pitchford has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Dean Pitchford been nominated for?

Dean Pitchford has been nominated for Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Footloose" and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for "Footloose."

How many shows has Dean Pitchford written?

Dean Pitchford has written 6 shows including Peter Allen: Up in One (Additional Material), Carrie (Lyricist), The Boy From Oz (Lyricist), Footloose (Source Material), Fame on 42nd Street (Composer/Lyricist), The Big One-Oh! (Lyrics).

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