Saturday Night Fever Closes in Feb 2000Date: 11 November 1999
The ultimate 70s musical, Saturday Night Fever, will finish its run at the West End's London Palladium on 26 February 2000, the end of its current booking period. The show will move to Edinburgh in October 2000 at the start of a national tour which is intended to culminate in a return to London.
The stage production had its world premiere at the Palladium on 5 May 1998, marking the 21st anniversary of the release of the 1977 hit film, starring John Travolta, which effectively defined the disco age. The story was adapted for the stage by the film's producer Robert Stigwood, is co-produced by Paul Nicholas and David Ian, and directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.
It features legendary Bee Gees songs from the original motion picture soundtrack, including 'Staying Alive', 'Night Fever', 'Jive Talkin'' and 'How Deep is Your Love', which are sung live for the first time in a stage production. There are also two new songs - 'Immortality' and 'First and Last' - written especially for the stage production by the brothers Gibb.
According to the producers, the £4m musical recouped its initial production costs in ten months. The show has grossed over £25m in London and is currently carrying a box office advance of £1.6m.
Saturday Night Fever currently stars Ben Richards as disco heart-throb Tony Manero and Joanne Farrell as his leading lady Stephanie Mangano.