LIMA — Fans of the movie “Saturday Night Fever” will love “Saturday Night Fever: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. today at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
“It’s a real homage to the 1970s. In fact, the show was 40 years ago. It’s a period piece now! It’s crazy, where does the time go?” said Steve Roth, producer, Northcore Productions.
The movie helped launch the Bee Gees, and the music is highlighted in the stage version.
“One of the things this musical does is it showcases the amazing soundtrack that put the Bee Gees on the map, essentially. Tons of their hits, pretty well all the songs you remember from the movie, ‘Staying Alive,’ ‘Night Fever,’ ‘Nights on Broadway,’ ‘Jive Talking,’ tons of hits and so it really is a trip down memory lane,” said Roth.
Scriptwriters have taken some liberties, and changed things up a bit for the stage version.
“The good news is there have been a few modifications to the script so it does brings some laughs and smiles and it certainly ends on a real high. Night after night we have had people up on their feet dancing along with our company and enjoying the music,” said Roth. “I think what the scriptwriters have done very well is we are telling the story of Tony Manero. The grit is still there, New York City is still there and 1977 is still there, and I think that’s important, but there were adaptations made for the stage so that it’s a little bit more friendly and it’s always nice to leave the theater on a high and I think our company does that.”
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