This past weekend, my wife and I had the opportunity the see Saturday Night Fever, The Musical at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. This is a great venue and very convenient for us. While I have not seen the film in over 20 years, I do enjoy the music. I wasn’t sure how it would translate to the stage, but I was very impressed. The stage production was originally performed in London in 1998.
As a whole, the musical was very entertaining. It captured key parts of the film which was inspired from a 1975 article in The New Yorker. The actors were very impressive. I am always surprised when people can sing, dance and act. I cannot do any of the three with any competence. Most of the songs were from the Bee Gees and it is certainly a challenge to sing them as solos or a capella, but they were very well done. The cast was surprisingly large with ensemble performers dancing on the sides of the stage and creating the 2001 Odyssey atmosphere.
The lead character, Tony was a really good dancer and a confident actor as well as he flexed in his black brief underwear gazing at his reflection in the non-existent stage mirror. This drew some oohhs from the women in the audience. The production did include mature themes and language, but would be suitable for mature teens. My kids would be thrown for a loop.