Dust off your polyester pantsuits: The London stage version of “Saturday Night Fever” is headed on a bi-continental tour. Plans are also being laid for a Broadway rug-cutting by late 1999.
Successfully capitalizing on the recent resurgence of ’70s nostalgia, the tuner has done £5 million ($7.5 million) in London, despite mixed reviews. Now, just 17 days after opening in the West End at the London Palladium, offers are coming fast and furious to bring the Bee Gees tune-laced show to the Continent and the States. Five European companies in all — French, German, Spanish, Italian, as well as a European road company — are being assembled for a late spring 1999 bow.
In Gotham, there are plans to bring the wide-collared troupe to Broadway by late 1999. The show, based on the 1977 Paramount/RSO pic of the same name, is produced by the pic’s original producer, Robert Stigwood. Co-producing are Paul Nicholas and David Ian. Arlene Phillips is attached to helm the European and American runs.
A decision about which touring company will bring the hoofer to the road is expected in the next two weeks. Pace Theatricals is said to be one the candidates for the European as well as American productions, according to one industry insider. Pace execs could not be reached for comment on Friday.