Saturday Night Fever—The Musical, the Broadway musical based on the film of the same name, launches a tour of the U.S. and Canada January 7 at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, MN, presented by NorthCore Productions and 2 Luck Concepts LLC.
The Equity production is directed by Marcia Kash with choreography by Marc Kimelman and music direction by Steve Thomas.
Featured in the cast are Matt Alfano as Tony Manero, Tessa Alves as Stephanie, and Heather McGuigan as Annette, along with Christy Adamson, Jak Barradell, Katie Beethan, Deb Collins, Michael De Rose, Kristin Dobby, Aaron Ferguson, Nicko Giannakos, Ryan Gifford, Sarah Higgins, Galen Johnson, Kyla Musselman, David Rosser, Adam Sergison, AJ Simmons, Justin Stadnyk, and Jennifer Thiessen.
Based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s hit 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever—The Musical, featuring the music of the Bee Gees, is described as “the story of a talented, street-wise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing.… 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, not happy because a competing pair of Latino dancers was clearly better, hands the championship trophy to them. The dispute divides Tony and Stephanie. After some very tragic events, Tony and Stephanie decide to remain friends.”
The tour will play stops in Akron, OH; Columbia, SC; Daytona Beach, FL; Madison, WI; Midland, TX; Portland, ME; Red Bank, NJ; Saskatchewan, Canada; and St. Louis, MO, among many other cities. The tour was booked by the president of Columbia Artists Theatricals, Gary McAvay.
Saturday Night Fever opened at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre October 21, 1999, playing 27 previews and 501 regular performances before closing December 30, 2000. The original cast included James Carpinello, Orfeh, and Paige Price. Arlene Phillips directed and choreographed.
(Updated January 7, 2016)