IT WAS a night of bell-bottoms and boogie shoes.
Saturday Night Fever: The Musical finally arrived on Malaysian shores.
Featuring the main Broadway cast, the musical is adapted from the 1977 movie that started the disco era, starring John Travolta.
Istana Budaya came alive with sparkly costumes, backdrops of 1970s New York and a repertoire of the Bee Gees’ greatest hits.
Clients of The Star were taken back in time during the Star Media Group’s Corporate Night.
Reminiscing the good old days, Star Media Group Bhd, (formerly known as Star Publications (M) Bhd) group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said he skipped school just to buy the ticket to watch the 1977 movie, and had watched it at least 20 times.
“This musical gives us the opportunity to revel in that era once again. It is a reminder of how young we used to be, but then again, we are still young,” quipped Wong.
Still moving to the beat even during intermission was EcoWorld Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin.
“When the movie first appeared, I was only in my first year in university, and we were all crazy about it.
“I remember how every Saturday afternoon my buddies and I would head to the basketball court and practise our dance moves taken from the movie,” recalled Liew.
Also present at Istana Budaya to have a good night out was shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo who believed that this was one of the many ways to introduce the iconic movie to the current generation.
“Musicals like this are fun and exciting, and young people can learn and enjoy the dance moves and songs that, till today, are still captivating,” Choo added.
Ad Wizards Advertising Agency director Katherine Liew who is a big fan of the movie, said she was excited to see the movie come into life.
“I know all the dance moves and Night Fever is my favourite song. Anyone who is a fan of the movie should definitely see the musical,” she said.
Student Paul Ian, 18, may not have been born when the movie came out, but he still enjoyed the musical.
“Night Fever is so famous that you just know the dance moves. Anyone can enjoy the musical,” he said.
The Broadway musical finally made a comeback to Malaysian shores after it was first played here in 2004.
With American actor Brandon Rubendall playing the lead character Tony Manero, the musical tells the tale of young Manero who has bigger dreams than what his rough neighbourhood offered.
With a dance competition just around the corner, Manero is over the moon when he meets the talented Stephanie Mangano (played by Jenna Rubaii) and enthusiastically hounds her in his attempts to get her to be his dance partner.
Unfortunately, she is just as intent on snubbing all his advances.
Malaysians still have the chance to catch the musical which runs until Sept 13.
There are special discounts for readers of The Star.
Readers can add the coupon code “SNF star” to their online purchase and key in the promo code star1520 at the checkout.
The Star is the official media partner for the musical. Readers also stand a chance to win prizes worth up to RM100,000 in the Night Fever Lucky Draw.
Show times are at 8.30pm with an additional 3pm show on Saturdays and Sundays.