April 17, 2009


I read in Variety online, “Paramount has announced plans to fast-track a remake of Footloose, with plans to start filming in the spring of 2009, with Dylan Sellers, producer of The Replacements, and the original producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as co-producers. Chase Crawford of “Gossip Girl” will be starring.”

Wow…It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since the original “Footloose” starring Kevin Bacon, was released. It’s also hard to believe that Genghis Cohen, the trendy Chinese Restaurant which I named and hosted off and on for nine years, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!

What do the two have in common? Kevin and his girlfriend Tracy Pollen, who also was in the movie, were two of our first regular customers. They turned Sarah Jessica Parker (who was also in “Footloose”), and her boyfriend Robert Downey, Jr., on to the restaurant. It wasn’t long before Academy Award winning songwriter Dean Pitchford, “Fame”(Pitchford/ Gore), who collaborated on the nine-song “Footloose” score with songwriters Eric Carmen, Michael Gore, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, Tom Snow and Bill Wolfer, was coming into the Chinese restaurant as well.

One night Dean brought in his “Fame” collaborator, Michael Gore who I’ve known since he was 15, when I administered his sister Lesley Gore’s publishing companies. Dean also introduced me to the producers of the film, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Being an amateur musicologist, I was excited to meet Craig who wrote a biographic book of composer Stephen Sondheim entitled “Sondheim & Co.” in 1976.

There were nights when everybody from the film would show up at the same time, which made me feel like I was on a movie set (fortunately I was wearing taps on my shoes!) During one of the quieter moments I asked Dean, who also wrote the screenplay, what he thought about the phenomonon he created.

People sometimes speak of “Footloose” as “that movie about the town where you can’t dance.”   I think that if that had been all it was, it wouldn’t have continued to enthrall and entertain audiences for the last quarter-century.  At the heart of the film is a story of loss — about a boy who has lost his father and a man who has lost his son.  And the tale of how those two characters work through their grief (Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow in the original movie) still speaks to people’s emotions year after year, all over the world.”

See and hear “FAME”, “FOOTLOOSE”, and his other hits click onto THE DEAN PITCHFORD VIDEO JUKEBOX https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/the-dean-pitchford-video-jukebox/

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

To reach Dean Pitchford http://www.deanpitchford.com/

For STAR STUDDED NIGHTS AT GENGHIS COHEN https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/06/23/star-studded-nights-at-genghis-cohen/


  1. Hey Artie,

    Always enjoy reading your emails and the stories related to your musical career. WOW! What an amazing life and to remember all the details is astonishing.

    After reading this clip about the 25th Anniversary of “Footloose”, I had to share something about what I knew of Stephen Sondheim. Back in 1979, I purchased a home in Montclair, N.J. from a family who was very involved in backing
    Shows for the NY Broadway stage. We had an authentic theatre
    in the basement of this incredible home built in 1904. Besides the 22 rooms that made up part of the 20,000 square footage, this theatre had all of the componants that were part of the original Masque Theatre in Newark, N.J. I was told that Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics to West Side Story
    in the Living Room of our home. I know that the home possessed the magic for a talent as he to write in it. I have the photos forever etched in my life. Oh, What a Place!

    Thanks for the stories!

    Love and Hugs,

  2. Dave Monroe Says:

    The New York Times Book Review
    17 July 1966, pp. 24, 26

    To the Editor:

    In a recent letter to the editor, Romain Gary asserts that I took the name “Genghis Cohen” from a novel of his to use in a novel of mine, The Crying of Lot 49. Mr. Gary is totally in error. I took the name Genghis Cohen from the name of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), the well-known Mongol warrior and statesman. If Mr. Gary really believes himself to be the only writer at present able to arrive at a play on words this trivial, that is another problem entirely, perhaps more psychiatric than literary, and I certainly hope he works it out.

    Thomas Pynchon,

    New York City.


  3. kirsty Says:

    omg i could not agree with you more
    i saw derek in the west end play ren and he was amazing.
    I’m from england and all my friends agree (:
    derek hough for lead please?
    much love x

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