After an unanticipated, unwanted and uncontrollable delay of nearly 16 months, a disco-era sensation is finally stepping out at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, in the long-awaited debut of “Saturday Night Fever,” a 1998 musical that Broadway World called “a fast and fun night of
musical theater” that’s “brimming with so many ‘wow’ moments.
[Justin Wolfe] Smith (Tony Manero) first saw “Fever” in college, and said: “There’s a lot of heart and soul and realness to this. Then watching it in the rehearsal process, you don’t want to recreate the movie, do everything they’re doing. But you want to tie in just enough of it so that it’s familiar to people and they’ll get it. It’s a good reference, but you don’t want it to be a copy.”
“They really did give the show a lot of heart,” Emily Stys (Stephanie) said of the stage version. “They gave a lot of characters arcs that they didn’t fully realize in the movie. They took it and really wanted to bring the disco element, but wanted to give you hope at the end and kind of makes you feel good. I think they did a really great job. I grew up, and with my parents I listened to ‘70s and ‘80s music every weekend.”
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