Review: Saturday Night Fever at the Bristol Hippodrome

Posted on Oct 3 2018 - 11:32pm by Claire Herbaux

So it was a Tuesday – but who cares? At the Hippodrome, it was Saturday night and everyone (and I mean everyone) was ready to dance!

That’s just what this show does to you.

No introduction, straight to the dance floor with a full cast on stage for a dance number.

It is exciting and exhilirating and exactly the entertainment you expect from such a classic.

Should you not know what it is about: Saturday Night Fever tells the story of Tony Manero, who escapes the harsh realities of working-class Brooklyn life when he embarks on a reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success.

The local nightclub is holding a dance competition offering a $1000 prize is announced the only thing left for him to do is choose his partner between Annette and Stephanie.

The movie soundtrack remains one of the bestselling of all time, featuring the Bee Gees greatest hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno – and they are all in the show!

While the show to most of us in the audience is only about the dance, the musical has stayed true to the film by keeping all the narrative around abortion, race and suicide, as well as a picture of women which – while likely to be correct for the time – now is simply shocking.

When Annette almost gets raped on stage, I could feel women around me holding their breath. The second act does take a bit of a turn, focusing more on the storyline.

Personally, I would have been fine with just the dancing, because that’s what I came for, but then others would have said it was missing depth.

Richard Winsor (Tony Manero) is the star of the evening. You could watch him dance for hours (and that’s basically what we did).

A day later, a song from the show (or rather film) came on the radio and all I could think of was Richard Winsor dancing and it was simply fantastic!

Saturday Night Fever runs at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday, October 6. Tickets are available on ATG Tickets.

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