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SA stage premiere of the phenomenal Bee Gees disco musical
This Winter, Matt Byrne is proudly presenting the SA Premiere of the smash hit musical Saturday Night Fever at the Arts Theatre from July 5 to 15 and Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre from July 20 to 29. Tickets are now on sale.

Featuring all the classic Bee Gee songs 'Stayin' Alive', 'You Should Be Dancing', 'Jive Talkin' and 'How Deep Is Your Love' and many other disco favourites, this musical version of classic 1977 feature film is sure to delight Adelaide audiences of all ages.

The musical has been a huge hit around the world since creator Robert Stigwood adapted it for the stage back in 1998 and producer/director Matt Byrne is delighted to bring it to Adelaide for the very first time! "[It's] been a dream for me," Matt said, "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. 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 is also proud that South Australia's own Robert Stigwood created Saturday Night Fever - "Robert Stigwood who hailed from Port Pirie was the man behind it all, he was a legendary figure behind many musical hits and movies, including Grease The Movie," he said. "And his London-based company RSO's musical partnership with the Bee Gees ruled the entertainment world."

Byrne notes that there is a lot more to Saturday Night Fever "than disco music and a three-piece white suit." "What people might have missed in the hype around the film was the powerful story that went with the music," he said.

"We meet a young Italian American called Tony Manero working a low-paid job at paint store and battling with his family's low expectations of him. But come Saturday night he and his gang The Faces – Joey, Double J. and Bobby C. rule the local Odyssey Disco where Tony is king of the dance floor."

"Tony's ambitions revolve around a competition which he and dance partner Annette are rehearsing for, until he meets a new girl called Stephanie who is looking to move up socially to Manhattan. Tony seeks a relationship with the more mature Stephanie, and his home life is rocked by the news that his brother Frank is leaving the priesthood. The only place he truly feels free is on the dance floor!"

Fantastic new talent Sebastian Cooper stars as Tony and Amber Platten takes on the role of Stephanie."It never ceases to amaze me how the right people appear when you need them, we want to do the memory and achievements of Robert Stigwood, and the music of the Bee Gees proud" Matt said. The cast include Lauren Noble as Annette, Jonathan Dragt as Double J, Anthony Butler as Joey, and Iman Saleh as Bobby C.

Niki Martin plays Tony's mother Flo, Russell Ford is his father Frank Senior and Matthew Pugsley will Tony's brother Frank Junior, and Byrne will play the DJ Monty.

Byrne will direct and design Saturday Night Fever with musical direction by Paul Sinkinson and choreography by Sarah Williams.

Tickets are now on sale through mattbyrnemedia.com.au, 8262 4906, BASS or dramatix.com.au (agency booking fees apply). Early bookings are advised.

Saturday Night Fever will play the Arts Theatre from July 5 to 8 and 11 to 15 at 8pm, & July 8 and 15 at 2pm, and Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre from July 20 to 22 and 27 to 29 at 8pm & July 22 & 29 at 2pm.

The $25 Cheap Nights will be the Wednesday, July 5 Preview and Tuesday, July 11 at the Arts, and Thursday, July 20 at the Shedley.

Admission is $40 Adults and $35 for Concessions, with Group Discount prices of $38/$33 for 10 or more (agency booking fees apply).

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Phone: 8262 4906
Where: Arts Theatre from July 5-15 and Elizabeth’s Shedley Theatre from July 20-29
Cost: $40 Adults $35 Concession Group Price $38/$33
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