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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 25, 2015

'Saturday Night Fever' Concludes Its Manila Run This Weekend

THE CONTAGIOUS hit musical, "Saturday Night Fever", will have its last day today at The Theatre of Solaire. Produced by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Corp., Ten Bridges Media Corp., and the Robert Stigwood Organisation, it got Pinoys dancing and shaking inside the theatre. The lead role of Tony Manero, is vividly fleshed out by Brandon Rubendall acknowledged by to be one of the best Tony Maneros in all its previous productions of SNF. Rubendall’s female counterpart is the equally superb Jenna Rubaii who plays the ambitious yet touchingly vulnerable Stephanie. The stellar Filipino cast include the redoubtable Carla Guevara-Laforteza in a double role as the put-upon mother and the decidedly Donna Summer-esque disco diva, along with Jamie Wilson, Mikkie Bradshaw and Rafa Siguion-Reyna.

After the rousing standing ovation, the audience always wait at the lobby of the Theatre, waiting for the cast to come out and mingle with them. Many theatergoers have their photos taken beside the standee showing Rubendall doing the iconic Travolta pose immortalized in the theatre/ movie poster. When Rubendall emerges to frantic requests for selfies and autographs, eager fans then repeat the meme with him. Teens, weaned on Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, sing “More Than A Woman” and “Night Fever” on their way out into the night.