“When I’m dancing, I’m somebody”
Tony Manero – Saturday Night Fever
August 23, 2017
MARGATE, FL: Saturday Night Fever caused a sensation when it debuted in movie theatres in 1977. The film’s earthy dialogue, gritty story, and throbbing disco music permeated American pop culture for years. The movie’s soundtrack with music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb – The Bee Gees – became one of the top selling soundtrack albums of all time. Stage Door Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever – the stage adaptation of the iconic movie, from September 1st through October 15th.
This musical adaptation celebrates the 40th anniversary of the classic film. Based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and the Norman Wexler screenplay it inspired, the musical focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque. There, as he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, he can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends.
Kevin Black will direct the production: “I remember faithfully watching Saturday Night Fever over and over as a teenager,” he says. “This was before my first visit to New York. Coming from an extremely rural town in South Carolina, I was in awe of this world I knew nothing about. All I knew was that I wanted to dance. This movie, along with Dance Fever and American Bandstand, gave me my life calling. When we decided to add Fever as our Season 25 opener, the response was overwhelming.”
Musial numbers such as “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, “You Should Be Dancing”, and “Jive Talkin’” will all be included in the production, and Black has engaged a talented cast to bring the show to life. Daniel Velasquez will play Tony, Alexandra Milbrath will play Stephanie, and Sandi Stock will play Annette. Also cast are Ben Prayz, Bruno Faria, Danny Durr, Kat Gold, Elissa Solomon, Josh Connor, Steddy Amory, Sean Davis, Seth Dorazio, Yosefa Jennifer Fain, Richard Anthony Forbes, Jenny Hegarty, Natalie McPherson, Christopher Rodriguez, Eduardo Uribe, Avery Wittaker, and Kelly Ziegler.
The show’s production team includes Musical Director Michael Friedman, Choreographer Danny Durr, Set Designer Sean McClelland, Lighting Designer Dean Landhuis, and Costume Designer Jerry Sturdivant. Stage manager is Nancy Clay, ASM/Sound Engineer is Rushnay Henry, and Paul O’Donnell is the production’s Operations Manager.
Saturday Night Fever will run from September 1 – October 15 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate. Tickets for Saturday Night Fever are $48. (Student prices are also available with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.
For more information about Saturday Night Fever and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244).
Saturday Night Fever
September 1 – October 15, 2017
Book by Nan Knighton (in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, and Robert Stigwood)
Music and lyrics by the Bee Gees.
Based on the Paramount/RSO Film and story by Nik Cohn
Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks
Tickets: 954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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