The music for Saturday Night Fever remains the second best-selling film soundtrack of all time so it comes as no surprise to see Bill Kenright’s touring production of the musical attracting sold-out audiences as it struts its way across the UK.
The show follows the story of Tony Manero (played by Casualty’s Richard Winsor), a charismatic 19-year-old who is stuck in a dead-end job but escapes his mundane life by dancing his nights away at Club 2001 Odyssey in Brooklyn. When he’s offered the chance to take part in a dancing competition with a $1000 prize, he sets out to find the perfect dancing partner and prove he’s got what it takes to succeed.
While the storyline is admittedly weak and completely dated, the iconic seventies soundtrack and energetic dance routines more than make up for it. There’s no doubt that the real star of the show is Bill Deamer’s fast-paced choreography which is consistently as slick as Tony Manero’s quiffed hair. Following in the footsteps of John Travolta is a tough challenge but Winsor tackles it head on by turning in some sensational dancing and injecting the perfect balance of arrogance and charm into his performance.
Saturday Night Fever delivers exactly what you would expect – a bold and brash explosion of seventies disco nostalgia. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes – you’ll need them for the finale!
Saturday Night Fever is on at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday, 27 October 2018. Tickets are available from £28.90.
Words: Amy Anderson