Saturday Night Fever
Screenplay by Norman Wexler | Stage adaptation by Nan Knighton | Featuring songs by the Bee Gees
The Scarlet Pimpernel is a family-friendly comic swashbuckler. Based on Baroness Orczy's classic novel of the same title, the show takes place during the French Revolution. Sir Percy Blakeney, a daring English nobleman, rescues innocents from the Reign of Terror while playing the part of an inane fop at home in order to mask his covert activities. Complicating matters are the relentless Citizen Chauvelin and Percy's own French wife, Marguerite, who he fears he cannot trust.
About the Show
Saturday Night Fever was adapted for the stage from the hit 1977 movie starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow. It tells the story of Tony, an ambitious Brooklyn youth who spends his Saturday nights disco dancing at the 2001 Odyssey club. Off the dance floor, he struggles with the harsher realities of life... a dead-end job, entanglements with two women (Annette and Stephanie), troubles that come up with his friends, and his strained relationship with his family.
The musical features Bee Gees hits heard in the movie, such as "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever", "How Deep Is Your Love", "Jive Talkin'", "If I Can't Have You" and "You Should Be Dancing", as well as KC and the Sunshine Band's "Boogie Shoes" and The Trammps' "Disco Inferno." Two new Bee Gees songs - "First and Last/Tragedy" and "Immortality" - were also added to the stage production.
Fever had its West End premiere at the London Palladium in 1998, receiving an Olivier Award nomination for Best Musical. Productions opened in Köln (Cologne), Germany and on Broadway in 1999. The show has toured extensively in the U.S. and U.K., and has been presented around Europe, Asia and Australia.