The full cast of disco-inspired musical, Saturday Night Fever was announced this morning ahead of its premiere season in Sydney from 27 March 2019. Featuring some of Australia’s most prolific music theatre performers in leading roles, Saturday Night Fever promises to showcase some of our best triple threats in a night of high energy, high impact entertainment.
Rising star Euan Doidge will play Tony Manero, adding another leading role to his long list of achievements. The Helpmann Award Nominated performer (for his role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert) has appeared as Marius in Les Miserables, Paul in A Chorus Line and in GFO’s production of Legally Blonde.
Stephanie Mangano – the best dancer at the nightclub – will be played by Melanie Hawkins. Melanie has previously appeared in Singin’ In The Rain, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, King Kong Live on Stage and Rock of Ages.
Tim “Timomatic” Omaji (Fame, In the Heights and Madiba the Musical) will join the cast as Monty, the MC at Disco Odyssey 2001, the nightclub where Tony Manero dances every Saturday night. Tony’s older brother, Frank Jr., will be played by Stephen Mahy, (Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon and Grease) and Angelique Cassimatis (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mack & Mabel, Strictly Ballroom) will play Annette, a neighbourhood girl who longs for a closer relationship with Tony. The troubled Bobby C will be played by Ryan Morgan, a recent NIDA graduate who has appeared on stage in A Town Named War Boy and Ironbound.
Australia’s original disco diva, Marcia Hines, will play the role of The Diva, who performs at Disco Odyssey 2001. Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys, Assassins, Hot Shoe Shuffle) joins the cast as part of the star vocalists alongside Paulini, Natalie Conway and Nana Matapule. Together they will give voice to the much-loved disco Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
The cast also includes the best dancers working in Australia today – Justin Anderson, Giuliana Carniato, Lachlan Dearing, Lauren Elton, Mitchell Fistrovic, Gaynor Hicks, Elysha Manik, Kiara McGowan, Coby Njoroge, Maddie Peat, Stephen Perez, Erica Stubbs, Lola Thompson, Benjamin Turland and Chris Van Doren.
“I’m sure we have the hottest cast that has ever played on Sydney stages. With the sensational Marcia Hines and our wonderful ensemble of singers pumping out those disco hits, and the most talented dancers in Australia strutting those moves, I know the audience will be on their feet every night,” said producer, John Frost.
“The incredible unforgettable, toe tapping songs in Saturday Night Fever are loved by all, young and old, so it’s sure to be a party every night at the Sydney Lyric.”
Saturday Night Fever tells the story of 19-year-old Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque, where life lights up on the disco floor. There, Tony luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and where he can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends.
Saturday Night Fever is based on the Paramount/RSO movie and the story by Nik Cohn, adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes, while the new version has been arranged and edited by Ryan McBryde. Music and lyrics are by artists including the Bee Gees.