Saturday Night Fever, the hit London musical based on the 1977 John Travolta film, will open on Broadway on Oct. 21, said a spokesman at Bill Evans' office, who will rep the show. The tuner will probably move into the Minskoff Theatre, currently the home of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Previews will begin Sept. 28. Saturday Night Fever began performances at London's Palladium Apr. 29, 1998, and has been playing to enthusiastic, teenybopper-heavy audiences since. The tuner features many of the Bee Gees songs from the movie, including "Stayin' Alive" (which opens the show) and "Night Fever," and others that weren't, such as "Tragedy." Also thrown into the mix are K.C. and the Sunshine Band's "Boogie Shoes," Rick Dees' "Disco Duck," and Barry Gibb's "What Kind of Fool." All the songs are weaved into the coming-of-age story, often functioning as plot-furthering personal statements by the story's various Bay Ridge-based dancin' fools.
The show has made a matinee idol of Adam Garcia, who plays Tony Manero, the character created by Travolta. Evans' office said the show would have a new American cast, and Garcia would most likely not recreate his role on Broadway.
Saturday Night Fever is adapted for the stage by Nan Knighton, in collaboration with Arlene Phillips (who directs and choreographs), Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood (who will produce with Niko Associates). The set, by Robin Wagner, shares with another film-turned-stage-musical, Footloose, the monumental presence of a bridge -- this time the Verrazano.