Saturday, April 11, through Saturday, March 16
Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island IL
Described by Broadway World as “a fast and fun night of musical theatre” that's “brimming with so many 'wow' moments,” the disco sensation Saturday Night Fever makes its Quad Cities debut at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse April 11 through May 16, the musical based on the Oscar-nominated 1977 film smash that catapulted the Bee Gees to international fame and made a household name of star John Travolta.
Young New Yorker Tony Manero, Saturday Night Fever's protagonist, lives for the weekends – when he and his friends can dance the night away at the local disco. 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. But with adult challenges and responsibilities threatening an end to his untroubled life, will the disco sensation ever decide to grow up? Based on the 1977 movie phenomenon that launched the disco era, Saturday Night Fever features such unforgettable Bee Gees hits as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Disco Inferno,” “More Than a Woman,” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” with the film's soundtrack a Grammy Award winner for Album of the Year that spent a remarkable 120 weeks on Billboard's album charts.
Making her Circa '21 directing debut with Saturday Night Fever is Amy McCleary of Fort Myers, Florida, with longtime area favorite Ron May serving as the show's music director. Tony Manero is portrayed by New York native Justin Wolfe Smith, a theatre, film, and television performer making his Quad Cities stage debut. And with Jennifer Barnaba, Lindsay Bischel, Tim Canali, Cloud Cruz, Michael Ferlita, Daisy Guzman, Josh Peduto, Michael Phillips, Emily Stys, and Darren Velárdez also making their Circa '21 debuts, the Saturday Night Fever ensemble is completed by venue veterans Bobby Becher (Holiday Inn), Jacob Clanton (Elf: The Musical), Caitie L. Moss (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Anna Marie Myatt (A Christmas Story: The Musical), Tristan Layne Tapscott (Shear Madness), Rachelle Walljasper (Grumpy Old Men: The Musical), and Tom Walljasper (Kinky Boots).
Saturday Night Fever will be performed April 11 through May 16 with performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m.; Sundays at 5:45 p.m.; and Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. All shows will be preceded by meals and pre-show entertainment by the theatre's performing wait staff of Circa '21 Bootleggers, admission is $30.76-$55.05, and more information and tickets are available by calling (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visiting Circa21.com.