6-10 January 2015
Reviewed by Lorraine Knight
Wednesday night found us on the way to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton; even the rain couldn’t dampen our mood!
The Mayflower is easy to find off the M27 motorway with parking nearby in a multi-storey, which charges £3 after 6pm.
Arriving at the theatre, which is illuminated by purple lights, looks impressive from the outside. There were plenty of members of staff available to assist in the clean brightly lit foyer.
An attendant directed us to our seats in the stalls aisle J that gave a very good view of the stage. There was plenty of legroom and the seats were comfortable which is needed when watching a show for 2½ hours.
The lights went down and the actors began to fill the stage. The music began with Staying Alive a very well known Bee Gees track. The set changes and scenery were faultless from Tony’s workplace, bedroom, house, Odyssey club, and dance hall.
The story began with lead character Tony Manero played by Danny Bayne listening to a speech given by President Jimmy Carter about the difficult economic times they all faced. Tony was the son of a redundant construction worker from Brooklyn who struggled everyday and endured a thankless life with the only escape offered by disco music.
The scene where Tony strips to his underwear and practices his dancing moves in the mirror is sure to raise a smile from the ladies!
Tony is in a dead-end job selling paint, which is just about bearable so he can afford to go to the Odyssey Club at the weekend to dance. One of my favourite moments was the dance scene in the club to Disco Inferno track. The ease by which the dancers move around the stage is mesmerising considering its pace and singing, along with dancing.
The story is gritty and not for anyone offended by swearing, innuendo and an upsetting rape and suicide scene. Tony enters the Odyssey Club dance competition hoping to win the prize money. Annette is obsessed with Tony but he spots Stephanie in the club – an uptown girl who thinks she is too good for him and brags about her exciting life. Tony spends his time fighting with his father, chasing Stephanie and hanging with his 3 friends drinking, dancing and fighting with neighbourhood gangs.
The night of the dance competition sees Tony dance with an injury picked up in a fight. Will they be able to win…
Will Tony win over Stephanie or end up with Annette?
The story ends with How Deep Is Your Love.
For an encore Night Fever belted out while the whole cast danced. The actors are very talented being able to dance, sing, and play instruments and act. At the beginning the strong accents annoyed but I soon got used to them and added to the story.
For me Danny Bayne stole the show with his presence on the stage and brilliant acting and singing/dancing skills.
I would recommend this show.
Tickets cost from £25 to £39.50
Saturday Night Fever is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until 10 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811