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Saturday Night Fever (Broadway, West End and Global Tour)

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with music by The Bee Gees, based on the picture owned by Paramount/RSO opened at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre October 21, 1999, playing 27 previews and 501 regular performances before closing December 30, 2000. Based on a story by Nik Cohn, stage adaptation by Nan Knighton in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood.

Produced by Robert Stigwood and Patrick Bywalski; Associate Producer: Manny Kladitis and David Rocksavage; Produced by Robert Stigwood and Patrick Bywalski.  Originally produced in London’s West End by Robert Stigwood, Paul Nicholas and David Ian.

Directed & Choreographed by Arlene Phillips; Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Andy Edwards; Lighting Design by Andrew Bridge; Broadway Costumes by Suzy Benzinger; Sound Design by Mick Potter; Hair Design by Leon Gagliardi; Dance and vocal arrangements by Phil Edwards; Music orchestrated by Nigel Wright; Musical Director: Martyn Axe and Projection Consultant: Paul Vershbow.

Starring James Carpinello (Tony Manero), Orfeh (Annette), Paige Price (Stephanie Mangano), Bryan Batt (Monty), Richard H. Blake (Gus), Andy Blankenbuehler (Double J), Paul Castree (Bobby C), Sean Palmer (Joey), Miles Alden (Dom), Farah Alvin (Vocals), Michael Balderrama (Cesar), Aliane Baquerot (Linda Manero / Patti), Shannon Beach (Donna), Scott Beck (Vocals), Anne Nicole Biancofiore (Natalie), Danial Jerod Brown (Sal), David Coburn (Jay Langhart / Becker), Suzanne Costallos (Flo Manero / Lucille), Kristoffer Cusick (Kenny), Julie Danao (Vocals), Karl duHoffmann (Nick), Deanna Dys (Rosalie), Drisco Fernandez (Antonio), Chris Ghelfi (Vinnie), Roger Lee Israel (Rocker), Danielle Jolie (Inez), Brian J. Marcum (Dino), Stacey Martin (Lorelle), Frank Mastrone (Fusco / Al), Jeanine Meyers (Connie), Jennifer Newman (Lola), Casey Nicholaw (Frank Manero), Ottavio (Roberto), Gina Philistine (Angela), Karine Plantadit-Bageot (Shirley), Angela Pupello (Doreen), David Robertson (Ike), Rebecca Sherman (Gina), Solomon (Vocals), Alan Souza (Vocals), Rick Spaans (Lou), Jerry Tellier (Frank Junior), Marcia Urani (Ann Marie), Donna Vivino (Vocals), Andre Ward (Chester), Natalie Willes (Maria) and Paula Wise (Sophia)

Swings: Anne Nicole Biancofiore, Kristoffer Cusick, Karl duHoffmann, David Eggers, Roger Lee Israel, Gina Philistine, Amanda Plesa and Marcia Urani

Understudies: Miles Alden (Bobby C, Gus), Richard H. Blake (Tony Manero), Danial Jerod Brown (Double J, Gus), David Coburn (Frank Manero, Fusco, Al, Monty), Kristoffer Cusick (Gus), Karl duHoffmann (Frank Junior, Jay Langhart, Becker), Deanna Dys (Flo Manero, Lucille), David Eggers (Fusco, Al, Jay Langhart, Becker), Chris Ghelfi (Joey, Double J), Brian J. Marcum (Frank Junior, Fusco, Al), Frank Mastrone (Frank Manero), Jeanine Meyers (Stephanie Mangano, Annette), Sean Palmer (Tony Manero), Gina Philistine (Annette), Angela Pupello (Stephanie Mangano, Flo Manero, Lucille), Rick Spaans (Bobby C, Joey) and Jerry Tellier (Monty)

Assistant Director: Tony Edge; Resident Choreographer: James Walski; Associate Choreographer: Karen Bruce; Assistant Scenic Design: David Peterson and Atkin Pace; Associate Lighting Design: Vivien Leone; Assistant Lighting Design: Philip Rosenberg and Paul D. Miller; Associate Costume Design: Patrick Chevillot; Assistant Costume Design: Patrick Wiley; Assistant Sound Design: John Gibson and Assistant Musical Dir.: Henry Aronson.

General Manager: Niko Associates, Inc. (Manny Kladitis, Founder and President) and Jeffrey Chrzczon; Company Manager: Dan Swartz and James Lawson. Production Supervisor: Arthur Siccardi; Production Stage Manager: Perry Cline; Stage Manager: Maximo Torres; Assistant Stage Manager: Rebecca C. Monroe. ZFX Flying Supervisor: Paul Rubin; Flying effects provided by ZFX, Inc. Fight direction by J. Allen Suddeth; Casting: Bernard Telsey Casting, Inc.; Press Representative: Bill Evans & Associates; Marketing: The Karpel Group; Online Marketing: Toby Simkin / BuyBroadway Online Inc.; Public Relations: Rubenstein Associates; Dance Captain: Marcia Urani; Fight Captain: Ottavio and Dialect Coach: Robert Blumenfeld.

Musical Supervisor: Phil Edwards; Musical Coordinator: William Meade; Conducted by Martyn Axe; Associate Conductor: Henry Aronson; Reed: Lawrence Feldman and William Meade; Trumpet: David Stahl and Earl Gardner; Trombone: Larry Farrell and Randall Andos; French Horn: Will Parker; Bass: Ian Stewart; Guitar: Johan Nilson and Jeffrey Lee Campbell; Keyboard: Henry Aronson, Philip Fortenberry, Eddie Rabin and John Samorian; Piano / Vocals: Farah Alvin, Scott Beck, Julie Danao, Solomon, Alan Souza and Donna Vivino; Percussion: Jon Berger and James Musto; Drums: Chris Parker

Featuring songs by Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Harry Casey, Richard Finch, Rick Dees, Leroy Green, Ron Kersey, David Shire and Ronald Bell; “A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy; “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss


Replacements

Replacement Cast: Sean Palmer (Tony Manero / Jul 2000 – Dec 30, 2000), Andy Karl (Joey / Jul 2000 – Dec 30, 2000), Suzanne Harrer (Rosalie), Rebecca Kupka (Doreen / May 15, 2000 – Dec 30, 2000), Michael Paternostro (Monty), Josh Prince (Dom), Jody Reynard (Ike / Jun 2000 – Oct 2000), Matt Wall (Dino / Jul 05, 2000 – Dec 30, 2000) and Rod Weber (Vocals)

Replacement Swings: Wes Pope and Rod Weber

Replacement Understudies: Andy Karl (Tony Manero), Rebecca Kupka (Stephanie Mangano, Annette), Josh Prince (Bobby C) and Jody Reynard (Chester)

Other Replacements included:

Production Stage Manager: David Lober (circa. Jan 2000 – circa. Jul 2000) and Jimmie Lee Smith (circa. Jul 2000 – Dec 30, 2000); Stage Manager: Jimmie Lee Smith (circa. Jan 2000 – circa. Jul 2000); Assistant Stage Manager: Dana Williams (circa. Jul 2000 – Dec 30, 2000), Eric Insko (circa. Jan 2000 – Dec 30, 2000) and Jill Gounder (from Jan 2000)

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In addition to global internet strategy, the brilliant and forward thinking Greg Bywalski and I implemented the worlds largest URL neon advertising “www.FeverOnBroadway.com“ across the entire Minskoff Theatre glass facade facing directly into Times Square. A Guinness Book of World’s Records feat.

The Broadway theatre supersite Buy Broadway OnlineAs Founder and CEO of Theatre.com and BuyBroadway.com.  The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. The theatre press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” What started in 1989 as a Broadway industry service called ShowCall via dialup BBS for members of the League of American Theatre Producers evolved onto the world wide web in the early 90’s, and shortly after this, the vast majority of Broadway shows (starting with my production of Victor/Victoria) and theatrical organizations followed. The “Super site of Broadway” became a publicly traded company, prior to my re-branding it as Theatre.com at the Minskoff Theatre.

The global theater supersite theatre.comDescribed by Variety Magazine as a “marketing powerhouse“, it was the single largest theatre community in the world with over 180,000 active members (in the 1990’s this was massive). From buying official Broadway tickets and souvenirs, providing detailed global show listings, interactive show study & educational guides, live streaming shows and events (including many Opening Nights live broadcasts), industry news from major theatre journalists, pictures and videos, games, messaging directly to Broadway cast’s backstage or even licensing a musical, theatre.com offered it all in a single, easy-to-use interface to theatregoers globally.

Saturday Night Fever is based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 screenplay it inspired.  It focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque. There he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends. In an effort to make it a family-friendly show, many of the film’s darker elements, including references to racial conflict, drug use, and violence, were eliminated from the plot.

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Musical Numbers

Act One:

“Stayin’ Alive” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (James Carpinello, Company); “Boogie Shoes” (lyric and music by Harry Casey and Richard Finch) (James Carpinello, The Faces); “Disco Inferno” (lyric and music by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey) (Bryan Batt, Company); “Night Fever” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (James Carpinello, Company); “Disco Duck” (lyric and music by Rick Dees) (Bryan Batt); “More Than a Woman” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (James Carpinello, Paige Price); “If I Can’t Have You” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (Orfeh); “It’s My Neighborhood” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (Company); “You Should Be Dancing” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (James Carpinello, Company)

Act Two:

“Jive Talkin’” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (James Carpinello, Orfeh, The Faces, Company); “First and Last” (lyric and music by Robin, Barry, and Maurice Gibb) and “Tragedy” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (Paul Castree); “What Kind of Fool” (lyric and music by Barry Gibb and Albhy Galuten) (Paige Price); “Nights on Broadway” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (Orfeh, Paige Price, Company); The Dance Competition: (1) “Night Fever” (reprise) (Company); (2) “Open Sesame” (lyric and music by R. Bell and Kool and the Gang) (Andre Ward, Karine Plantadit-Bageot); (3) “More Than a Woman” (reprise) (James Carpinello, Paige Price); and (4) “Salsation” (music by David Shire) (Michael Balderrama, Natalie Willes); “Immortality” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (James Carpinello); “How Deep Is Your Love” (lyric and music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) (James Carpinello, Paige Price); Note: The production also included the following music: “A Fifth of Beethoven” (music by Walter Murphy), “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (music by Richard Strauss), and “Night on Disco Mountain” (music by David Shire).

For fun, here is my parody of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER from early 2020

Parody...SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: Sweaty-Night-Fever-(Re-imagined-Poster)

See about 100 more of my Broadway parodies

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