Preview: Saturday Night Fever, Festival Theatre

Saturday Night Fever. Pic: Comp
Saturday Night Fever. Pic: Comp
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GREASE might have been the word in 1978, but 12 months earlier the story of Danny and Sandy had yet to be told.

Only one name came to mind when faced with John Travolta’s toothsome grin, that of Tony Manero, a young man in a dead-end job, living in a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood, with just one dream; to dance and become the disco king.

At the Festival Theatre, Danny Bayne steps into the shoes of Manero as Saturday Night Fever returns to the Capital, for a week-long run.

Like Travolta, Bayne too has played Danny Zuko - he made his West End debut in the role after winning the part on ITV’s Grease is the Word.

A British dance champion in Freestyle, Hip Hop, Latin American and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bayne went on to star as Manero in the US tour of Saturday Night Fever.

“It’s really nice to play Tony because he’s a gritty character and there are a lot of different sides to him. That’s why I enjoy playing him so much,” revealed Bayne recently.

He added, “I think of the show as a well thought-out play with music, rather than a musical because it is not what you would expect and I love that.”

This brand new production is certainly different to previous tours as it features a 20-strong cast of actor/musicians. Nevertheless, it tells a familiar tale.

It’s 1976 in New York and every Saturday night, Tony Manero dons his flares and hits the dance floor, creating a stir as he wows the crowds with his phenomenal moves.

When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, and they decide to train together for a dance competition their lives begin to change forever.

Much of the success of the smash hit movie was down to the Bee Gees’ definitive soundtrack, which is shared by the stage show, so expect all the iconic disco classics such as Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking and How Deep is Your Love?

What you doin’ on your back? This is one show at which, you should be dancing... yeah!

Saturday Night Fever, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, until Saturday, 7.30pm (Matinees 2.30pm), £15.50-£36.50, 0131-529 6000