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Saturday Night Fever is a musical with a book by Nan Knighton (in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, and Robert Stigwood) and music and lyrics by the Bee Gees.

Saturday Night Fever
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Logo
MusicBee Gees
LyricsBee Gees
BookNan Knighton
Arlene Phillips
Paul Nicholas
Robert Stigwood
BasisNik Cohn's 1975
New York Magazine article
"Tribal Rites of the
New Saturday Night"

and 1977 film Saturday Night Fever
Productions1998 West End
1999 Broadway
2004 West End
Multiple touring productions
Multiple International Productions

Based on Nik Cohn's 1975 New York Magazine article "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" and Norman Wexler's 1977 screenplay it inspired, it focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque. There he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends. In an effort to make it a family-friendly show, many of the film's darker elements, including references to racial conflict, drug use, and violence, were eliminated from the plot.

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ProductionsEdit

Original London production (1998)Edit

Directed and choreographed by Phillips, the £4 million stage adaptation premiered in the West End on 5 May 1998 at the London Palladium, and closed on 26 February 2000.[1] The original cast included Adam Garcia as Tony and Anita Louise Combe as Stephanie. Laurence Olivier Award nominations went to Garcia for Best Actor in a Musical, Phillips for Best Theatre Choreographer, and the production for Best New Musical [1]. A cast album was released by Polydor Records.

Original Broadway production (2000)Edit

After twenty-seven previews, the Broadway production, with Phillips directing, opened on 21 October 1999 at the Minskoff Theatre, where it ran for 501 performances. The cast included James Carpinello as Tony and Paige Price as Stephanie, with Orfeh as Annette, Paul Castree as Bobby C., and Bryan Batt as DJ Monty.

UK Touring productionsEdit

The first UK tour production ran from 11 November 2000 to 29 September 2001, with Ben Richards as Tony Manero.[citation needed]

In 2003 a second UK touring production ran from 1 March 2003 to 19 June 2004. The tour was a different version to the previous productions including some major revival changes. In the place of "More than a Woman (1)" the song "Words" was put into the show. This song was performed by Tony and Stephanie. The cast included Stephane Anelli as Tony and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Stephanie.[citation needed]

In November 2014 the UK tour opened at Theatre Royal, Bath. The production starred Danny Bayne as Tony.[citation needed]

The Third UK tour began on 12 September 2005, while the show was also playing on the West End. The tour ran until 5 August 2006.

On 9 March 2018, Producer Bill Kenwright announced a new production of the musical, which opened on 30 August 2018 at the New Wimbledon Theatre, and subsequently toured.[2]

London Revival production (2004)Edit

A London revival ran from 6 July 2004 to 16 February 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, prior to a lengthy UK tour. [2]. The cast included Stephane Anelli as Tony and Zoe Ebsworth as Stephanie, with Kym Marsh as Annette and Shaun Williamson as DJ Monty.

Debuts on the Seas (2011)Edit

In April 2011 it debuted on Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Liberty of the Seas. Produced by Royal Caribbean Productions in association with Robert Stigwood. It plays twice a week. Choreographers include Spencer Liff, Diego Orengo, and Doriana Sanchez. Music direction by Phil Edwards. Directed By Loren Van Brenk.

International ProductionsEdit

An argentinian production opened at El Nacional, Buenos Aires, on 4 April 2001 and closed on 28 July 2001. The cast included Darío Petruzio as Tony Manero, Silvia Luchetti as Stephanie, Elena Roger as Annette, Héctor Pilatti as Monty and Charlie G. as Bobby C.[citation needed]

Producer Joop van den Ende's Stage Entertainment company opened a Dutch production at the Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, on 17 June 2001. It closed on 23 February 2003. The cast included Joost de Jong as Tony Manero, Chantal Janzen as Stephanie, and various TV personalities as DJ Monty, one of them was Carlo Boszhard.[citation needed]

From 27 March 2003 to 28 September 2003 the show ran at Teatro Pedregal, Mexico City with Mauricio Martínez as Tony Manero, Lisset as Stephanie, Gisela Sehedi as Annette, Jaime Rojas as Monty and Eduardo Partida as Bobby C.[citation needed]

In January 2007 the show opened at the National Theatre of Korea, Seoul, South Korea where it stayed for 10 weeks before embarking on a short tour of Asia, playing in Daegu Opera House, Daegu, South Korea and the Taipei International Convention Centre, Taipei, Taiwan.[citation needed]

A Spanish production opened at Teatro Coliseum, Madrid on 19 February 2009 and closed on 30 August 2009. Produced by Stage Entertainment, the cast included Juan Pablo Di Pace as Tony Manero. On 6 December 2009 the Spanish production started a national tour and ran until 30 May 2010.[citation needed] Although a complete Original Madrid Cast Recording was never released, five songs were recorded in Spanish for promotional purposes: Stayin' Alive, Disco Inferno, Night Fever, Inmortality and How Deep Is Your Love.[3]

A production ran at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria from 16 September - 9 October 2016. [4]

The Gordon Frost Organisation announced that they would produce a revival of the musical that would play exclusively at Sydney's Lyric Theatre from March 2019. Casting is yet to be announced.[5][6]

CharactersEdit

Character Description
Tony Manero A 19-year-old ladies' man living in the 1970s. His passion is dancing on a Saturday night down at the local dance club. He finds himself caught up in a love triangle. His ex-girlfriend Annette is madly in love with him, but he has eyes for a new girl Stephanie Mangano. Stephanie likes Tony back, and after an incident following the dance contest, she goes off him.
Stephanie Mangano A 20-year-old office worker from Manhattan. Stephanie classes herself as a refined citizen and convinces Tony she is a "snotty bitch", however she is the complete opposite. Stephanie meets Tony at the dance club and after agreeing to be his dance partner in the dance contest, falls in love with him. After he tries to rape her, she runs away crying. She feels sorry for Tony after his best friend dies and goes to talk to him.
Annette A sex-crazed girl. Annette is obsessed with Tony and even though she loves him, only wants to use him for one thing.
Bobby C A troubled youth. Bobby's life gets turned upside down when he gets his girlfriend Pauline pregnant. He ends up having a breakdown after his friends ignore his call for help. He dies after falling off the Manhattan bridge.
Monty DJ at the Odysey 2001 Dance Studio.
Gus A friend of Tony Manero's. After getting beaten up by a gang, he tells his friends it was their rival group, but they later discover he had made it up.
Double J A friend of Tony Manero's
Frank Manero Unemployed Father of Tony
Flo Manero Tony's very religious mother
Frank Manero, Jr. Tony's priest brother. After leaving the church and returning home, Tony takes him clubbing, their mother Flo flips on both of them.
Linda Manero Tony's little sister.
Maria A Spanish dancer at the Odyssey 2001
Cesar A Spanish dancer at the Odyssey 2001
Doreen A shy geeky teenager at the Odyssey 2001. She has an obsession with Tony and is fixated by watching him dance.
Mr Fusco Tony's boss at the paint store.

SongsEdit

Original Production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Saturday Night Fever' listing, London Palladium and Apollo Victoria" thisistheatre.com, retrieved March 26, 2010
  2. ^ SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre in August 2018 Best of Theatre, Retrieved March 09, 2018
  3. ^ "Fiebre del sábado noche - 2009 Original Madrid Cast".
  4. ^ "'http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=40350". Casting completed for SA's Saturday Night Fever. Retrieved on October 22, 2016.
  5. ^ https://aussietheatre.com.au/news/chicago-saturday-night-fever-and-waitress-all-announced-for-sydney
  6. ^ https://www.sydneylyric.com.au/saturday-night-fever/

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