Euan Doidge and Melanie Hawkins. Photo: Daniel Boud

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In 1977, the movie version of Saturday Night Fever radiated disco culture around the globe like a beam of light hitting a mirror ball. When a stage musical version opened in the UK in 1998, it ignited the fever for new audiences as well as those who were already fans of the film. The show has been a constant inclusion in repertoires overseas, and now Saturday Night Fever – The Musical will finally make its debut in Australia.

“Everyday I’m in there watching everyone dancing, I’m like ‘Oh my God, this is going to be an amazing production. I’m so excited – I can’t wait!’” said Euan Doidge, who plays Tony Manero.

Doidge has had lead roles in some of the biggest productions in recent years including Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert, Kinky Boots, and Les Miserables. Unusually for a musical, Doidge will be acting and dancing but not singing in Saturday Night Fever. The singing is handled by a group of star vocalists, led by Marcia Hines and featuring Paulini, Natalie Conway, Bobby Fox, and Nana Matapule. 

“It’s interesting and it’s perfect for the show,” explains Doidge.

“The music has been arranged for 2019. The arrangements and harmonies sung by the star vocalists are just mind-blowingly good. You get the flavour that everyone is expecting, but also this contemporary, modern pop sound.”

The cast also includes Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji as Monty, the nightclub DJ, and the stellar Melanie Hawkins, as Stephanie Mangano. 

Tony Manero was the role that catapulted John Travolta to fame in the movie version. Travolta created a certain look and way of moving that have become iconic. It’s a challenge for Doidge, but he aims to leave his own imprint on the character. Of course, there’s the strut and distinctive dance steps that are indispensable. Doidge promises a show that will keep bodies shaking and temperatures high. 

“Every number is a mind-blowing piece – the dancing is literally going to knock people’s socks off.”

Until Jun 9. Sydney Lyric Theatre – The Star, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont. $59.90-$185.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneylyric.com.au

 

By Rita Bratovich