Gawler's Matt Byrne brings hit show to the Shedley Theatre Adelaide theatre producer and former Gawler man Matt Byrne is bringing his hit production of Saturday Night Fever to Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre from July 20 to 29.
Adelaide theatre producer and former Gawler man Matt Byrne is bringing his hit production of Saturday Night Fever to Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre from July 20 to 29.
The show, which brings the hit movie to life on stage, had audiences on their feet dancing and applauding the show at its recent Arts Theatre season.
"It's been an amazing reaction from the wonderful crowds who have come along to the SA stage premiere of this wonderful show," said Byrne who grew up in Gawler. "People are dressing up in their disco gear and reliving those great days when people went out for an evening to dance and hear some fantastic Bee Gees music! The real highlight is they come for the music but they get a powerful story as well!"
The musical version of the John Travolta movie that got the world disco dancing back in 1977, has been a huge hit around the world since creator Robert Stigwood adapted it for the stage back in 1998. Producer/director Byrne said presenting Saturday Night Fever had always "been a dream for me." "I used to go to places like the Old Lion, Jules, Sinatras and the Arkaba to dance to this music back in the late 70s," Byrne said.
"The Bee Gees music was sensational and Saturday Night Fever was the hottest movie with the hottest soundtrack in the world. Songs like Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talkin', How Deep Is Your Love, More Than A Woman and You Should Be Dancing will have the crowd on their feet."
Byrne said he loved the Shedley Theatre. "It's where I started my theatre career with Northern Light back in 1978 and I am proud to be able to bring great shows like Saturday Night Fever to the City of Playford Civic Centre," he said. "The people up here love their musicals and Saturday Night Fever is one of the most popular movie musicals in history."
Byrne said one of the highlights of the Shedley season would be the illuminated dance floor. "Because of the Shedley's design, people will be able to see the dance floor in all its glory," he said. "It really creates the disco feel for the show and also enhances other crucial scenes in the show."
Critics have praised the show:
Weekend Notes: "Matt Byrne's production had me keen to return for a second time.
Advertiser: "Well-directed performance and a fun and faithful recreation of a cult classic!"
Adelaide Theatre Guide: "Enough quality on stage for Saturday Night Fever to go down as a good night out!"
Barefoot Review: "It's a great musical with famous Bee Gees songs and some snazzy dance numbers."
They have also heaped praise on Sebastian Cooper who plays Tony Manero.
Stage Whispers: "Sebastian Cooper creates a sweet, vulnerable Tony and gives a very good performance. "
Advertiser: "Hands down the star of the show is talented singer and dancer Sebastian Cooper."
Encore Magazine: "His rendition of Immortality and How Deep Is Your Love were very moving."
Barefoot Review: "A very handsome and engaging performer."
Weekend Notes: "His identifiable accent, smooth vocals and the way he moved on stage encapsulated Tony's character."
ATG: "The magnetic Sebastian Cooper capably holds centre stage in the central role of Tony."
Byrne said he wanted to pack out the final two weeks of the show. "We had wonderful crowds in Adelaide and we'd love to see the Shedley full of Saturday Night Fever and disco fans," he said. "It's time to put on your dancing shoes Elizabeth!"
Byrne will direct and design Saturday Night Fever with musical direction by Paul Sinkinson and choreography by Sarah Williams. Saturday Night Fever will play the Shedley Theatre from July 20-22 and 27 to 29 at 8 p.m. & July 22 & 29 at 2 p.m. Admission is $40 Adults and $35 for Concessions, with Group Discount prices of $38 /$33 for 10 or more (booking agency fees apply.)
Saturday Night Fever will play the Shedley Theatre from July 20-22 and 27 to 29 at 8 p.m. & July 22 & 29 at 2 p.m.
Admission is $40 Adults and $35 for Concessions, with Group Discount prices of $38 /$33 for 10 or more (booking agency fees apply.)