Sammy Hagar Shares Tony Nomination For "Footloose"

Sammy Hagar, Tony Award-winner?

As unlikely as it seems, the former Van Halen frontman and "I Can't Drive 55" singer is indeed up for one of this year's coveted stage awards.

Hagar shares the nomination in the "Original Score" category with Kenny Loggins, Eric Carmen, Tom Snow, and Jim Steinman, as each co-wrote material with screenwriter Dean Pitchford for the "Footloose" film back in 1984.

For the original movie soundtrack, Loggins co-wrote and performed the title track, while Hagar shared credit and sang on "The Girl Gets Around." Eric Carmen (perhaps best known for "Hungry Eyes" from the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack) helped pen "Almost Paradise," and Meatloaf's principal songwriter, Jim Steinman, contributed to another track, "Holding Out for a Hero."

All of those numbers have been incorporated into the Broadway version of "Footloose," which also features new compositions from Tom Snow and Pitchford, who wrote several songs together for the 1984 film, including "Let's

Hear It for the Boy."

The other nominees hoping to keep the "Footloose" team from dancing away with the 1999 Tony for "Original Score" include: Jason Robert Brown for "Parade," Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy for "Civil War," and Jeanine Tesori for "Twelfth Night."

Winners of the 1999 Tony Awards will be announced on June 6.

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