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Pictured: Adrian Aguilar.
Updated: 1/9/17 @ 12:20 p.m. to include full cast and creative team.
Drury Lane Theatre has announced principal casting for the disco musical SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, revised and rewritten for the Drury Lane stage by Sean Cercone and David Abbinanti. Featuring music and lyrics by The Bee Gees, the musical was originally adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks, but in its 1998 incarnation, it took a cavalier attitude toward rape and misogyny that the new version seems intent to discharge. The production will be directed by Tony-nominated director and choreographer Dan Knechtges (XANADU and …SPELLING BEE on Broadway).
Leading this brand new version is Jeff-nominated actor Adrian Aguilar as Brooklyn teen Tony Manero. Dancing alongside Aguilar as Manero’s love interest, Stephanie Mangano, is Erica Stephan. The principal cast also includes Landree Fleming (Annette), Nick Cosgrove (Bobby C.), Joe Capstick (Joey), Will Lidke (Gus) and Brandon Springman (Double J).
Additional casting includes: Adaezè Kelley (Candy), Jhardon DiShon Milton (Monty), Allyson Graves (Pauline), Skyler Adams (Frank Manero Jr.), Marya Grandy (Flo Manero), Olivia Renteria (Linda Manero) and Bret Tuomi (Frank Manero/Fusco). The ensemble includes Tony Carter, Courtney Cerny, Brian M. Duncan, Michael Samarie George, Ron King, Amanda Newman, Martín Ortíz Tápia, Adrienne Storrs, Monica Thomas and Aaron Umsted.
The creative team includes Roberta Duchak (music director), Kevin Depinet (scenic design), Rachel Laritz (costume design), Ryan O’Gara (lighting design), Ray Nardelli (sound design), Penny Lane Studios (wig and hair design), Neil Massey (stunt coordinator), Courtney Cerny (associate choreographer) and Sammi Grant (dialect coach).
“We mounted an unprecedented search for the perfect actor to play Tony. In keeping with our commitment to put the nation’s very best artists on our stage, we held auditions for this demanding role all across the country, including in Chicago, New York, and for the first time, in Los Angeles and Houston. Out of the many talented artists we saw, no one came close to Chicago’s unparalleled Adrian Aguilar as Tony,” says Kyle DeSantis, President of Drury Lane Productions.
Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Tony Manero in his attempt to escape his troubles by spending weekends at the local disco.
Complete casting and the creative team will be announced at a later date. Saturday Night Fever runs January 19 – March 19, 2017