“Saturday Night Fever is a musical with a book by Nan Knighton (in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, and Robert Stigwood) and music and lyrics by the Bee Gees.
Based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 screenplay it inspired, it focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque. There he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends.
Saturday Night Fever is the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time and arguably made the Bee Gees the biggest group in the world. Their number one hits Staying Alive, Night Fever and How Deep Is Your Love are all in the show along with another nine top ten successes and a couple of other tracks which were all the rage in the ’70s.”