Saturday Night Fever

Previewed 21 April 1998, Opened 5 May 1998, Closed 26 February 2000 at the London Palladium
Previewed 2 July 2004, Opened 6 July 2004, Closed 18 February 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

The Bee Gees' Smash Hit Musical: When John Travolta walked on to the dance floor in the smash hit film Saturday Night Fever it changed the way we danced forever. Set in New York, Saturday Night Fever tells the story of an ambitious, talented and streetwise Brooklyn kid with the burning desire to make it big. Packed with disco hits from the biggest selling soundtrack in film history Saturday Night Fever includes the classics Stayin Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love.

Combining a cast of some of Britain's most talented young singers and dancers, a live orchestra and sensational choreography, Saturday Night Fever in London is the dance musical event of the year, the perfect disco dazzler.

The original cast featured Adam Garcia as 'Tony Manero' and Anita Louise Combe as 'Stephanie Mangana' with Tara Wilkinson as 'Annette', Simon Greiff as 'Bobby C', Adrian Sarple as 'Joey', Sebastien Torkia as 'Double J' and Michael Rouse as 'Gus' along with Richard Calkin as 'Monty'. Directed and choreographed by Arlene Philips with sets by Robin Wagner, costumes by Andy Edwards, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Mick Potter. Stage musical based on the Paramount/RSO Picture, with screenplay by Norman Wexler based on a story by Nik Cohn. Adapted for the stage by Nan Knighton in collaboration with Arlene Philips, Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood. Featuring songs by The Bee Gees.

"Saturday Night Fever, the seventies-set disco musical, is back in London, the same show as the one seen six years ago at the Palladium, but fitting more snugly into the Victoria Apollo... The dancing, by an impeccably drilled team does the business, and the climatic competition is particularly good, with the Puerto Rican pair swivelling and slithering all over one another. Nostalgics like me will be in polyester paradise; normal people might just find it irresistible too." The Mail on Sunday

"Some of the best dancing ever seen on a West End stage hit London like a fever last night. The premiere of Saturday Night Fever took place at the Palladium Theatre and was a triumph for two people in particular. Adam Garcia, who played the part of Tony Manero - as made famous by John Travolta 21 years ago - and the director and choreographer Arlene Phillips who has enjoyed a string of successes. Adam, an Aussie, isn't John Travolta. He's just different, but none the less quite sensational. Boy, can this boy dance. Forget the storyline. It's naff and not worth worrying about. But who cares? It's the music, particularly the dancing, we were all there to see last night. And wow, isn't it as fresh, as exciting and as boogiefying as it was all those years ago when we first saw it in the 1977 movie? Those Bee Gees numbers are out of this world. But they always were. Has there ever been better disco music? How many seductions have there been in two decades as Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, More Than A Woman and of course the most famous of them all, Night Fever? Last night's production stayed alive as long as Adam and his partner Anita Louise Combe, playing Stephanie Mangano, were dancing, backed by a sensationally slick and sassy chorus... While the dancing was virtually faultless the same cannot be said for the acting or the singing... This show will be a summer blockbuster." The Daily Mirror

"There are moments during Saturday Night Fever when the collective temperature in the London Palladium rises so high that there is a danger of a foot-tapping, hip-swaying, finger-snapping epidemic breaking out. But the dancing has to stop sometime, and occasionally it does. Then there are moments, listening to the script Nan Knighton has tailored from the screenplay of the 1977 John Travolta hit movie, when one wants to shimmy down the aisle straight into the street. It's awful. My advice to director and choreographer Arlene Phillips is to dump the words and let the sheer energy of this marvellous company and the Bee Gee songs off the leash of several strands of plot so flimsy they would blow away if someone left the stage door ajar... If anyone has lingering doubts about the Brits' (and Aussies') ability to dance as dynamically as Broadway's best, this will shatter them forever. Here's a show where you will come out humming the choreography." The News of the World

"In the case of this particular show what you get is a surgical transplant of the immensely popular 1977 John Travolta movie: it's perfectly harmless, has some invigorating dancing but lacks the weight, texture and emotional drive of a genuine book show. Coming to Saturday Night Fever, I confess, for the first time, what struck me was the lack of any real narrative suspense... What that leaves is a string of familiar numbers by the Bee Gees, some lively choreography by Arlene Phillips, Robin Wagner's characteristically inventive design and a very good performance from Adam Garcia as Tony... But, at the end of the night, you feel you have simply been watching the re-creation of something that already exists in another form. The stage has its own visceral power. But one misses the exploration of character and situation that marks out the authentic theatrical musical. This is simply a live movie." The Guardian

David Ian, co-producer of Saturday Night Fever on stage said: "I remember the film clearly, I was 16 or 17 when it was released and it had an enormous impact on me. All of a sudden, dancing was cool for guys, rather than hanging out with a pint of lager. We want to recreate the film as closely as possible, the production has one of the biggest casts in the West End, a full orchestra and some spectacular sound and lighting. Expectation can be a millstone, a film that has been such a huge success is a great source and helps to ignite interest, but basically you've got to make it on your own. We did it with Grease and I know we're going to do the same with Saturday Night Fever."

Saturday Night Fever in London at the London Palladium previewed from 21 April 1998, opened on 5 May 1998 and closed on 26 February 2000, returned Apollo Victoria Theatre previewed from 2 July 2004, opened on 6 July 2004 and closed on 18 February 2006