Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage. Featuring music by the Bee Gees, this musical adaptation of the classic film is the story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing.
Michael Notardonato portrays Tony Manero, the role made famous by John Travolta.
“He’s a 19-year-old kid living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn,” said Notardonato. “He doesn’t really fit in anywhere except for at the disco every Saturday night where he is the star dancer.”
Notardonato calls the show a big flashy musical and promises audiences will love the dance numbers.
“They’re coming for the costumes and the lights and all of that, but at its core, Saturday Night Fever is a really heavy story,” he said. “You get to see this…young kid go through a lot of trials and tribulations trying to find his way.”
Tony finds a connection with Stephanie, played by Missy Dowse.
“I really love the moments after Tony and Stephanie really dance together for the first time and…there’s that spark,” Dowse said.
Dowse thinks it’s important to tell stories that young people can connect to.
“People who are growing up now and finding themselves are like, ‘wait a second, I have felt that way, I have seen these things, I’ve experienced them,'” she said.
Andrea Dotto, who plays Annette, described as a groupie to the boys at the club, says a coming of age story never goes out of style because audiences can identify with the characters.
“In this play, we’re lucky that there are a lot of featured actors,” Dotto said. “Maybe you don’t identify with Tony all the time, but you identify with Annette and Stephanie and you get to see yourself in these actors.”
She added, “The song…’If I Can’t Have You’ is such a moment that I think so many people can connect to. It’s just truly knowing what your heart wants and going after it.”
Packed with disco classics including “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” and many more, Saturday Night Fever sizzles with explosive energy and sensational dancing.
View featured interviews with Michael Notardonato, Andrea Dotto and Missy Dowse in the video above.
Catch Saturday Night Fever at the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport, through Sept. 1. For tickets, call 631-261-2900 or visit engemantheater.com.
—With reporting by Waldo Cabrera