Last night we were invited along to the opening night of Saturday Night Fever at the WMC (Wales Millennium Centre). I went along with my sister and I have to say we both loved it! If you are a fellow Strictly Come Dancing fan, I’m sure you would love it too. As it is so jam packed with the most magnificent choreographed dance routines that it felt like an all out strictly sensation.
As Craig Revel Horwood would say, FAB-U-LASS darling, FAB-U-LASS! So if you can, grab your tickets to see Saturday Night Fever at the WMC. But be warned as its only on for four more nights you’d better be quick!
Saturday Night Fever at the WMC – Review
40 years on from the release of Saturday Night Fever the movie, this stage show brings back all the 70’s flares and disco tunes synonymous with the film.
I have to admit, I’ve never actually seen the film. That is apart from the iconic scene where John Travolta strutted his stuff in that crisp white suit. Clearly I was too young! So whether the stage adaptation does the film justice, I couldn’t possibly comment. But what I will say, is that I don’t think I have ever seen a stage production with such amazing and colourful dance routines.
The plot is pretty light. It tells the story of Tony Manero (Richard Winsor) a good looking Italian-American with a dead-end job living at home with his parents. Whilst he hates his job, he loves dancing. He uses all his wages on heading out dancing at his local club the 2001 Odyssey. So when there is news of a dance competition where the winner will receive $1,000, Tony sets all out to win it. Little did he know he would win at love too.
The music is all classic disco tracks from the Bee Gees. They wrote the majority of the songs for the film and the soundtrack from the film remains the second best selling film soundtrack of all time. Only overtaken in 1992 by the Bodyguard.
The three singers playing the Bee Gees (Edward Handoll, Alastair Hill, Matt Faull) were all fantastic. They really did sound just like them. The Bee Gees were the backdrop to the show, standing high on scaffolding, belting out tune after tune. Every one of their songs was foot tappingly good and made you want to get up and dance.
The cast themselves did not really sing. But there were just three occasions where some of the cast sang a solo with the Bee Gees backing. Whilst these were great performances, I found it a little odd.
It was a little confusing as you never knew whether they were going to sing or not and it felt a little random. I really don’t think the infrequent solo songs added much to the show. However, saying that, Tony’s love interest Stephanie Mangano (Kate Parr) put in an amazing vocal with her rendition of What Kind of Fool.
Along with the cracking Bee Gees numbers, the dancing is what it is all about. Winsor can seriously move. His dancing was just brilliant and there were plenty of wolf whistles when he showed off his impressive physique when getting changed into his white suit.
Our Verdict of Saturday Night Fever at the WMC
Saturday Night Fever is an all out feel good musical which will gets the whole audience up dancing. In fact my favourite part was the finale where they belted out Staying Alive and we all got up off our feet and danced.
Seeing Saturday Night Fever at the WMC is a perfect way to kick off the Christmas Festivities. So why not grab your besties and have a fantastic girls night out while dancing to some classic Bee Gees tracks.
Saturday Night Fever is showing at the WMC until 1st December 2018.
Tickets from £18.00
Age guidance 12+ (Note bad language and adult themes)
Booking at: www.wmc.org.ukm
Thank you to Wales Millennium Centre for inviting us to the press night of Saturday Night Fever the Musical
All photos courteous of the Wales Millennium Centre.