Saturday Night Fever – Synopsis

Tony Manero is a clerk in a paint store in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. But he lives for Saturday evening and his visit to the local disco, 2001 Odyssey.

At the disco Tony is no longer an inconspicuous employee, he is the king of the dance floor. There he meets dancer, Stephanie Mangano. The two decide to take part in a dance competition. Although Tony is interested in a relationship with Stephanie, she rejects him, thinking that she can pursue higher goals and meet a better selection of men in Manhattan. But Tony and Stephanie continue to rehearse and win the dance competition.

However, Tony is not happy because a competing pair of Latino dancers was clearly better, and hands the championship trophy to them. The dispute divides Tony and Stephanie. After some very tragic events, Tony and Stephanie decide to remain friends.

Most of the songs from the original movie sound track are included in the stage musical. The album remained 24 weeks on the top of the U.S. album charts and stayed until March 1980 on the charts. In the UK, the album also achieved first place for 18 weeks and it is one of the most successful movie sound tracks of all time. In 1979 it won a Grammy as Album of the Year. In 2003 it reached # 131 of Rolling Stone’s “500 best albums of all time”.

 

CREDITS

Based on the Paramount/RSO Film and the story by Nik Cohn. Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oakes. New version arranged and edited by Ryan McBryde

Music and Lyrics by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees);  Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, More Than A Woman, Jive Talkin’, You Should Be Dancing, If I can’t Have You, Immortality, Nights On Broadway, Tragedy

Music and Lyrics by Barry Gibb and Albhy Galuten; What Kind Of Fool

Music and Lyrics by David Shire; Salsation

Adapted by Walter Murphy: Fifth of Beethoven

Music and Lyrics by Harry Casey and Richard Finch; Boogie Shoes

Music and Lyrics by Leroy Green and Tyrone Kersey; Disco Inferno

Music by Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme)