CHATHAM, NY — Break out the bell-bottom pants and boogie shoes for Saturday Night Fever, the most requested show of the summer at The Mac-Haydn Theatre here. The disco inferno of a musical will perform for three weeks, July 6 through 23.
This is the 40th Anniversary of the 1977 film that sparked a cultural phenomenon with a story of young people coming of age to the pulsing rhythms of the new disco beat. Tony, the leader of the group, hopes his dancing will break the dead-end Brooklyn mold he’s grown up in. He courts a new partner, Stephanie, who also has dreams beyond the neighborhood, to help him do it. Ordinary, even boring days turn into nights of energy and power as they all turn to the disco club 2001 Odyssey for escape, but soon must face unforeseen, life-changing events.
The biggest hits of the BeeGees will have you reliving those swinging disco days as you hum along to Night Fever, More Than A Woman, How Deep is Your Love, What Kind Of Fool, If I Can’t Have You, Stayin’ Alive and more.
New to MHT for this show, Daniel Velasquez will play Tony Manero and Kate Zualaf will be Stephanie Mangano. His credits include Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street and Conrad in Bye Bye Birdie as well as lead vocalist and featured dancer spots with regional theatres and cruise lines; she has extensive musical theatre experience.
Mac-Haydn veterans Gabe Belyeu and Aneesa Folds lead the Saturday Night Fever cast as Monty, the DJ and Candy, the singer at the 2001 Odyssey disco club. Mr. Belyeu just kept the audience laughing hysterically as Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Ms. Folds did the same while thrilling with her powerful voice as Deloris Cartier in last summer’s favorite show Sister Act.
Tony’s pals, the ‘Faces’, are Dan Macke as Bobby, Sam Pickart (Billy Crocker in Anything Goes) as Gus, Ross Flores as Double-J and Alex Carr (Jospeh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) as Joey. Erin Spears Ledford (Stepmother in Into The Woods, Alice Beineke in The Addams Family) and Pat Wemitt will be Tony’s parents Flo and Frank Manero.
John Saunders (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) directs and James Kinney (Chicago 2016) takes on the task of choreographing the show that is noted for its dynamic and distinctive disco style dancing.
Saturday Night Fever performs for three weeks: July 6 to 9, 12 to 16 and 19 to 23. The show is already proving popular with Mac-Haydn patrons – to get further information on performance times and to order your tickets as soon as possible call 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org.