MyShrewsReviews: Saturday Night Fever
05 Oct 2022

Dig out the flares and dust off the dancing shoes, Saturday Night Fever is in town and it’s quite a ride, says My Shrewsbury reviewer Dave Ballinger.

Saturday Night Fever, based on the John Travolta film of 1977 and with an incredible soundtrack, landed at Theatre Severn on Tuesday night.

The Bill Kenwright production is here to stay for a run until Saturday - if last night is anything to go by, it'll get a warm reception. Audiences were left breathless and fully entertained.  

At its heart, it is a dance show – a homage to the New York disco scene of the 70s – and it is filled with slick routines and choreography performed with precision by the high-energy cast.  

And, of course, the soundtrack is top notch from the Bee Gees, with AJ Jenks, Drew Ferry and Oliver Thomson taking on the role of the Gibb brothers here with panache, perfection and sharp suits.  

It’s the story of Tony Manero, a down-trodden paint shop worker in Brooklyn who loves to escape the humdrum battle to keep his head above water on a Saturday night by dancing at the New York clubs.  

Jack Wilcox takes on the role of Tony with assurance, and certainly has all the dance moves, charisma and charm to take the audience with him on the journey. And there are moments when he has certain sections of the audience all of a flutter with his on-stage change of clothes!  

Rebekah Bryant is striking in her role as his dance partner Stephanie who aspires to escape from the neighbourhood and move to Manhattan. She brings star quality to the dance routines.  

They are well supported by Harry Goodson-Bevan on his professional debut as the troubled and ultimately doomed Bobby C and Billie Hardy as lovelorn Annette, struggling to find her place in the male-dominated society.  

The staging is impressive, creating a grimy Brooklyn backdrop with Manhattan sparkling in the distance, although some of the scene changes interrupted the flow could have been slicker.  

Be aware, as with the film, there is strong language and adult themes throughout with some of the 70s attitudes to women feeling uncomfortable at times – perhaps as they should to a 21st century audience.  

But the verve and energy of the overall performance sweeps you along on a nostalgic glitterball journey thanks to the excellent cast.  

Remember, by the end, You Should Be Dancing. The audience at Theatre Severn certainly was on Tuesday night.  

Saturday Night Fever runs at Theatre Severn until Saturday, see for tickets.