Saturday Night Fever opens at Palace Theatre Manchester

GET ready to be singing and dancing all the way home as Saturday Night Fever makes an unforgettable appearance on the stage in Manchester.

It’s the perfect show to treat yourself and just a short drive or train ride away.

Showing at the Palace Theatre until Saturday, October 1, a multi-talented cast brings to life the story of Tony Manero (played by Jack Wilcox) as he embarks on a reckless yet thrilling road to dancing success.

It’s a homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic with more drama, more music, and new choreography.

Featuring songs from the bestselling movie soundtrack of all time, including the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman, as well as 70s favourites Boogie Shoes and Disco Inferno and many more, this show is sure to have you dancing in your seat.

The Cast of Saturday Night Fever/Photo Credit Paul ColtasThe Cast of Saturday Night Fever/Photo Credit Paul Coltas

The show opens with an explosive ensemble number and the audience is left in no doubt of what is in store for them; great music, fantastic voices, impeccable choreography, and dancing which just makes you want to hop on the stage and join in.

With the Palace Theatre as a stunning backdrop – what more could you want?

Jack Wilcox is excellent in the leading role, channelling ‘John Travolta’ vibes from head to toe.

And the rest of the cast perfectly complements this, with a stand-out performance from leading lady Rebekah Bryant (who plays Stephanie Mangano).

The Cast of Saturday Night Fever/Photo Credit Paul ColtasRebekah Bryant (Stephanie) and Jack Wilcox (Tony) Photo Credit Paul Coltas

Dance really is the star of the show and eagle-eyed members of the audience will pick up on the homage to a variety of different dance styles, combined with what everyone has come to see – disco.

While the performance is primarily ‘feel-good’, Saturday Night Fever has some darker undertones which really round it out.

A special mention must go to Harry Goodson-Bevan whose portrayal of the vulnerable Bobby C is perfect, a brilliant contrast to the rest of the story.

We also see this juxtaposition in the Manero family scenes, and director Bill Kenwright has done an amazing job to draw attention to these moments and make you even more invested in the characters.

The musicians and the ‘Bee Gees’ (AJ Jenks, Oliver Thomson and Drew Ferry) deserve a standing ovation of their own, seamlessly carrying the show through its various moods and themes.

The Cast of Saturday Night Fever/Photo Credit Paul ColtasJack Wilcox (Tony) and Rebekah Bryant (Stephanie) Photo Credit Paul Coltas

Everyone was note perfect and you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking the band had actually materialised on stage.

One thing is for sure, Saturday Night Fever will have you polishing off your dance shoes in no time.

Five decades after its original release, the soundtrack can definitely still work its magic. (Just get ready to have the songs stuck in your head!)

Please note, this show contains adult themes and strong language.

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