Saturday Night Fever: The Musical | Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Erica Stephan and Adrian Aguilar

Erica Stephan and Adrian Aguilar

Brett Beiner

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 19 2017
Price: $45-$60
Adapted from the 1977 hit movie, this stage version manages to be even more empty, shallow, and cliche-clotted than the original. Tony Manero’s story—blue-collar kid with strong dancing skills gets a classy girlfriend and the courage to move out of his working-class neighborhood—only makes sense if you’ve seen the original. All of the gaps in the book, and there are many, are concealed by energetic cover versions of the popular (in its time, overplayed) soundtrack. These reinterpretations are fun, but, as in the original, they don’t advance the plot or deepen the characters. More successful are Rachel Laritz’s eye-pleasing, historically accurate costumes and director Dan Knechtges’s inventive choreography; Adrian Aguilar is extremely likable as Manero. —Jack Helbig

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