The iconic disco film Saturday Night Fever’s depiction of the uncompromisingly sordid 1970’s New York not only made a dance revolution at that time, but also spoke straight to a generation of lost, struggling young adults. Gone amiss in the earlier deliberately more family-friendly film-to-stage adaptations of the famed movie musical, which propelled John Travolta to superstardom and made the music of The Bee Gees instant cult classics, Saturday Night Fever’s gritty legacy is what Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG) is bringing back to the stage.
Saturday Night Fever’s 2015 Asian Tour, its first in eight years, which also comes on the heels of the show’s current UK Tour, is set to kick off at The Theatre, Solaire Resort and Casino (ASEANA Avenue, Paranaque City, Manila), from July 3 to 26, 2015. Performances in Kuala Lumpur (September 1 to 15), and Singapore (September 25 to October 11)will follow suit.
In close coordination with the Robert Stigwood Organization, whose founder, Mr. Stigwood, produced the original Saturday Night Fever film and its various stage incarnations from 1998 to present, ATEG’s Resident Director Bobby Garcia reveals, “We’re using a brand new script [originally written by Nan Knighton, in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas and Mr. Stigwood] that brings back a lot of the grittiness and the coming of age in a tough world aspect of the movie. It’s edgy and exciting. It’s a completely reconceptualized production.”
On board this production, Mr. Garcia discloses that ATEG, which has broadcast moguls Bobby Barreiro and Tony Tuviera as partners, has assembled a formidable, first-rate creative team—representing some of the finest talents in West End, Broadway, and Asian Theater. Its powerhouse creative team include Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo (“Memphis,” “The Drowsy Chaperone”), choreographer Vince Pesce (“Cinderella,” “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” ), lighting designer Paul Miller (“Legally Blonde,” “Hairspray”), costume designer Eric Pineda (“The Little Mermaid,” “Shrek The Musical”), musical director Ceejay Javier (“Shrek The Musical,” “Addams Family”), and Mr. Garcia himself, who will direct the production, whose 20-strong cast were chosen through casting director Tara Rubin (“Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon”) from separate auditions first held in Manila and later in New York City.
“We have a first-rate creative team and have assembled an amazing cast. I think the quality of the show will speak for itself once it’s up on its feet,” says Mr. Garcia.
He adds, “This production will be everything Saturday Night Fever should be.”
Saturday Night Fever, which features popular songs from the film such as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “More Than A Woman,” “Tragedy,” “Disco Inferno,” “How Deep is Your Love,” and “You Should Be Dancing,” follows the story of Tony Manero (Brandon Rubendall), a young wannabe disco king who comes from a tough neighborhood in Brooklyn. Every Saturday night at a local discotheque, Tony dons his flares and struts his stuff on the dance floor—causing a stir as he wows the crowd with his extraordinarily rare dance strokes. When Tony meets office worker-turned-dancer Stephanie Mangano (Jenna Rubaii), both train together for a dance competition, which will eventually change the course of their lives.
“ATEG has been chosen for the high standard it has achieved with some of the best Broadway shows,” says Patrick Bywalski, deputy chairman of The Robert Stigwood Organization. “The first-class creative team ATEG has assembled for this never-before-seen, revamped production of Saturday Night Fever in Asia will surely deliver a thrilling experience. So bring the white suit out and your boogie shoes.”
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