Flashing lights, memorable disco music and erotic dance moves that signal seduction can only mean one thing in the 1970s: Saturday Night Fever.
The legendary disco musical, presented by The South African State Theatre and Bernard Jay opens on September 13 and runs to October 9 at the SA State Theatre, Opera Theatre.
The stage musical is based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York magazine article Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film, featuring music by the Bee Gees.
The score to Saturday Night Fever includes many disco-era hits, including Stayin’ Alive, Disco Inferno, Night Fever, More Than a Woman, If I Can’t Have You, Jive Talkin’, Nights on Broadway, Immortality, How Deep is Your Love and Tragedy.
The movie was adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks and has recently been updated with new songs and book by Sean Cercone and David Abbinanti, receiving rave reviews in the USA.
You should be dancing! Humble paint store clerk by day, stallion dance king by night, Tony Manero (immortalised by actor John Travolta in the movie) lives for Saturday night at the disco, where each week the nightclub falls under the spell of the disco beat and Tony’s astounding dance routines.
When a big dance competition is announced, he convinces the beautiful and talented Stephanie to be his partner. Now he can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job and his gang of deadbeat friends.
Saturday Night Fever is the classic story of hope triumphing over tragedy, with the electric combination of music and dance fused with a blistering soundtrack.
The stage adaptation of Saturday Night Fever premiered in London’s West End in 1998 at the London Palladium, where it was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Awards Best New Musical. Saturday Night Fever opened on Broadway in 1999, returned to the West End in 2004 and received its South African premier at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, in 2008.
It has proven to be one of the most popular of stage musicals, receiving productions across the globe in the past sixteen years.
Our show in Pretoria will be the first professional, non-replica (original) production licensed for South Africa and will feature an all-South African cast and creative team.