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Saturday Night Fever

Published by: Kirstie Niland on 19th Feb 2015 | View all blogs by Kirstie Niland

The Grand Theatre Blackpool

Every night’s a Saturday night in Blackpool, and this week every night is Saturday Night Fever at The Grand Theatre as the iconic 70s musical hits the town.

Brought to life on stage by Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with the Robert Stigwood Organisation, this explosion of glitter, disco lights and flares is one show that’s Stayin’ Alive throughout its UK tour.

Set in 1976 New York, Tony Manero spends his days squabbling with his family over food and religion and his nights tripping the light fantastic in his bid to become disco king.

Who on earth could follow in John Travolta’s footsteps as Tony, as he struts his stuff through Brooklyn’s streets in the stage version you wonder? And then Danny Bayne bursts into action.

No way is this man going to be dismissed, in Stephanie’s words, as a “nobody going to no place.” Danny Bayne and the rest of the 20 strong cast are about take us on “a stairway to the stars.”

The background story of Tony’s troubled family and friends is well played out, emphasising his need for escapism on the dance floor and ambition to secure first prize in a prestigious contest. In his bid to win, Tony reluctantly teams up with the eager Annette (Bethany Linsdell) before casting her aside for his dream partner Stephanie (Naomi Slights).

Each of the three in this love triangle are highly accomplished triple threats and make you warm to their characters and understand the passion behind their moves, as you remain transfixed by the routines which are beautifully choreographed. You Should Be Dancing is a fabulous, high energy display of disco dancing, accompanied by trumpet and saxophone players. More Than A Woman is mesmerising, with Danny Bayne and Naomi Slights perfectly in tune.

Tony and his gang manage to make you forget the Bee Gees with their own alternative version of Jive Talkin’, using a basketball and a wooden box as percussion. Meanwhile CiCi Howells provides powerful punctuation throughout as the Club Singer.

The 70s fashion flashback is spot on: jumpsuits, fur coats, Lycra leggings - and A-line skirts just like the ones we made in my Home Economics class at school. The set is authentic too - booths double up for the diner and disco scenes, and above them a platform houses the Odyssey’s DJ box, then becomes a bridge for the boys’ antics which finally lead to tragedy. A slide-on lounge and bedroom provide clever scene changes for the Manero family’s home, with the excact same embossed wallpaper my Mum used to have.

Each of the main characters performs powerful and emotive solos. Danny Bayne reveals his frustration and lessons learnt about women. Bethany Linsdell pours her heart and soul into the lovelorn Annette’s lyrics. Most moving of all is Naomi Slights’ song, where the feisty Stephanie allows us to see the vulnerability beneath her frosty veneer.

Tony and Stephanie’s duet of How Deep is Your Love is lovely, bringing us smoothly to the finale, which we didn’t realise had arrived! Thankfully we were able to redeem ourselves and provide this excellent, upbeat cast with some well-earned hand-clapping and appreciation as they performed an enthusiastic compilation as an encore.

There are just 3 days left to catch this classic in Blackpool. Saturday Night Fever runs until Saturday 21st February, so book it while you can.

Photographs by Nobby Clarke

Evenings (7:30pm and 8:30pm perfs) - £26.50 to £39.50
Matinees (2:00pm perfs) - All seats £30.50
Matinee (5:00pm perfs) - £16.50 to £26.50

Concessions £3:00 off all performances

Groups discounts available
Call Box the Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Comments

3 Comments

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 2 years ago
    Thanks, Kirstie. Sounds like a great fun show. I missed it in Glasgow as it arrived just before Christmas. Regretting that now!
  • Kirstie Niland
    by Kirstie Niland 2 years ago
    Ah that's a shame, it's definitely worth seeing! It's on until Saturday - you could have a weekend in Blackpool!
  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 2 years ago
    Sounds like a good excuse, Kirstie!
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