Saturday Night Fever at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham Review

25-29 September 2018

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Reviewed by Lindsay Burton 

Marking 40 years since its famous UK cinema release, Saturday Night Fever is spectacularly reinvented in a big new music and dance extravaganza.

Saturday Night Fever tells the story of Tony Manero (Richard Winsor) who sets out to escape the harsh realities of working-class Brooklyn life on a reckless, yet exciting road to dancing success.

The movie soundtrack to this day remains one of the bestselling of all time, featuring the Bee Gees greatest hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno and many more.

For those of you who haven’t seen Saturday Night Fever in any of its adaptations (where have you been????), it tells the story of Tony Manero who wants more from life than being a paint salesman in Bay Ridge and living at home with his parents – all he really wants to do is dance. He lives for Saturday nights where he can hang out with his friends and dance all night at the local disco, 2001. One night, whilst doing what he does best, an announcement is made that there’s going to be a dance competition with $1000 prize but it’s a couples only entry – Tony has to decide if he has to settle for local girl Annette (Anna Campkin) who wants to make with him or the mysterious new girl, Stephanie (Kate Parr), who might require some persuasion? And apart from a couple of sub-plots about his brother Frank (Marios Nicolaides) who’s quitting the church and Bobbie C (Raphael Pace), a friend who’s got a girl pregnant, that’s about it.

Special mention has to be made of The Bee Gees, Edward Handoll, Alastair Hill and Matt Faull. Together with their stunning vocals, DJ Monty’s (Faizal Jayes) awesome moves, the blingy outfits and disco balls, I felt like I was at the same disco!!!! Choreographer Bill Deamer certainly gets 10 out of 10 for the swanky and saucy disco dance moves!

Whilst paying homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic, this new stage version delivers more drama, more music and hot new choreography, which had many of the audience bobbing to the beats. Definitely worth watching!

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £20.90 to £53.40 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).

Saturday Night Fever is at The Alexandra in Birmingham from 25-29 September 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/birmingham or call the box office on 0844 871 3011.

The Alexandra, Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS

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