Thursday, 26 February 2015

Review: Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour) at the Milton Keynes Theatre

Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour) 
Milton Keynes Theatre
Reviewed on Tuesday 24th February 2015

Saturday Night Fever bursts with energy. Featuring hits from the Bee Gees such as 'Stayin’ Alive', 'Night Fever' and 'How Deep is Your Love?', it's impossible to watch the show without tapping your feet and resisting the urge to hum along.

Set in 1976 New York, the show centres around aspiring disco king Tony Manero as he enters a dance competition and falls in love. The story is thin but adequately enjoyable. 

Not only is the show carried by its famous tunes, but also by Andrew Wright's impressive choreography and the talent of its cast.

ITV’s Grease is the Word winner Danny Bayne is sensational as Tony, particularly standing out for his incredible dance ability. Elsewhere the supporting cast have moments of glory, although occasionally vocals were a little screechy.

As the show enters its second act, things become a little more serious which is when the book is at its weakest. The mood isn't quite right and I don't think the seriousness or grit translated particularly well. However, the finale lifted the mood and brought some to their feet.

If you love the film and fancy a fun night out you will probably have a great time watching this touring production of Saturday Night Fever. I enjoyed the score, choreography and energy from the cast, but something about the piece fell a little flat.

Reviewed Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Saturday Night Fever runs at the Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 28th February.
Please visit for information and tickets.

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