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Touring production of Saturday Night Fever now includes another Bee Gees classic

HAVING already put the Bee Gees front and centre for the first time in the musical’s stage history with the famous trio bring portrayed live on stage by Ed Handoll, Alastair Hill and Matt Faull, Bill Kenwright’s new production of Saturday Night Fever continues to bring audiences never-before-seen elements to this classic musical, which now includes another Bee Gees classic that is not featured in the film.

After the addition of Too Much Heaven in 2018, this year Words makes its first appearance, with a totally new dance sequence choreographed by the Olivier Award-winning Bill Deamer and performed by an all-star cast led by Richard Winsor.

Voted number four in the Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Songs Of All Time, Words was first recorded on October 3, 1967, and has been covered by some of the world’s biggest artists from Roy Orbison to Elvis and gave Boyzone a number one hit.

Barry Gibb famously said the song was written for the Bee Gees’ manager, the late Robert Stigwood, when he was staying at his home. Robin added later that the song ‘was written after an argument – about absolutely nothing! And simply reflects a mood; words can make you happy or words can make you sad.’

Bill Kenwright said: “I fell in love with the Bee Gees way, way back then, when my brother brought home their recording of Spicks and Specks after he had lived in Australia for several years.

“All of the tracks on the best-selling album are classics, but I was originally anxious to get Too Much Heaven into our soundtrack primarily because I felt it fitted and also because it’s one of my favourite ever Bee Gees’ hits, and came out roughly at the same time as Saturday Night Fever.

“It was actually Robert Stigwood’s managing director, Patrick Bywalski, who suggested I take a look at Words as I was keen to find one more song for the first half of the show. We rehearsed it during the Christmas break, and everyone believes it’s a wonderful addition.”

Forty years since its famous UK cinema release, Saturday Night Fever is a reimagined and revitalised music and dance spectacular. The 70’s classic Paramount/RSO movie, with story by Nik Cohn, was an instant hit when it was released in cinemas. The album remains the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time. The musical features the Bee Gees’ greatest hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy, More Than a Woman and now Words, as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes and Disco Inferno.

Whilst paying homage to the movie, this new stage version delivers added music and hot new choreography. It is directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, with choreography by Olivier Award-winning Bill Deamer, designs by Gary McCann, lighting by Nick Richings, and sound by Dan Samson. The stage adaptation is by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oakes.

Saturday Night Fever is currently playing at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (until February 9) and will continue to York, Carlisle, Sheffield, Newcastle, Leeds, Chester and Aberdeen.

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