This week I was lucky enough to have been invited to the opening night of the iconic disco spectactular Saturday Night Fever at The Orchard in Dartford.
40 years since its cinema release, Saturday Night Fever has been reimagined and revitalised as a music and dance show telling the story of Tony Manero, a young working-class Italian American growing up in Brooklyn at a time of racial tension and economic hardship.
Tony spends his days working in a dead-end job at a hardware store and comes home to a criticising family who believes he will never amount to anything. Tony finds solace at the local disco where he tears up the floor to classic 70’s tunes drawing admiration from his peers.
We follow Tony and his friends as they come up against sex, drugs, gang warfare, racism, family pressures, personal religious struggles, mortality and the desire to be better. This is a coming of age story like no other.
The show features classic Bee Gees’ hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favorites Boogie Shoes and Disco Inferno.
For the first time, the show features musicians playing the part of the Bee Gees live on stage and along with a fantastic live band really bring the musical scenes to life.
I really enjoyed the show, particularly the awesome music which had me dancing and singing along in my seat, dance movies and the use of the scenery to portray the different scenes in the show and the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge where Tony and his friends hang out.
After attending the opening night I went home and watched the original Saturday Night Fever movie to compare and I have to say that the show is very close to the original script and story.
I definitely recommend the Saturday Night Fever show and award it 5 out of 5 stars for being entertaining, thought-provoking and a disco dancing spectacular night out.
The show will be at The Orchard Theatre from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 January 2019. To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.