Thursday, 22 September 2016

#SNF hits the State Theatre

It’s time to get down to the SA State Theatre in Pretoria and boogey like it’s 1977 with the cast from Saturday Night Fever.

Now a trip to the State Theatre in Pretoria is always a treat. It’s like going to this grand affair where you are allowed to dress up and sip on bubbly in the foyer of the Opera Theatre. The grandeur of this historic building still stands to this day. There is just an air around the theatre and it gives me butterflies and has me excited before every show.

Take a trip back in time to Bay Ridge, New York to one of the hottest summers where bell-bottom trousers & afro’s were seen everywhere.

So a bit of background into Saturday Night Fever and the story behind the story. During that era, there was a great incline in Puerto Rican immigrants moving into the traditional Italian neighborhoods forcing them to become somewhat more ‘multi-cultural’ and with that you can just imagine the racial tension that sparked as more and more immigrants took jobs from the ‘locals’ giving rise to unemployment. The story is about the cultural & territorial clashes experienced by young adults and we all know that with that there is bound to be a whole lot of sexual tension.

Producer – Bernard Jay, has brought together a great creative team.
Director – Greg Homman.
Choreographer – Weslee Lauder.
Musical Director – Rowan Bakker.
Set & Lighting Designer – Denis Hutchinson.
Sound Designer – Trevor Peters.
Costumer Designer – Sarah Roberts.

The musical score (mostly all songs from the Bee-Gees) will have your inner old school soul jumping for joy with hits like – Stayin’ Alive, Boogie Shoes, How Deep is your Love, Disco Inferno, Night Fever & If I can’t have you. (Be prepared to be singing along to most of the songs. It happened to me.)

The set designs are really well done and transport you back to 1977 and makes you get the real fee of what it was like in Brooklyn back in the day. The choreography. Well, if you know Weslee Lauder, you know it will be top class and incredibly entertaining. Innovative, yet familiar.

The cast comprises of some of the best South African talent. With the ever so talented Daniel Buys (who has also been in Grease & Mamma Mia) in the lead role as Tony Manero you are in for a treat. The entire cast of the show work well together and you can get the sense that they are a true ‘family’ at the end of the day.

Saturday Night Fever will be on stage at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria until 9 October 2016. I highly recommend that you get down here to see these talented actors in action as soon as possible.

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Find them on Twitter - @SatNightFevSA & Facebook – SaturdayNight Fever SA

Images - Sanmari Marais

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