Show focuses on Bee Gees anniversary

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Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

The Australian Bee Gees Show will bring a new show celebrating the 40th year anniversary of Saturday Night Fever to Albany on August 10, white suits and all.

Now in its 21st year, the show has expanded from one cast to four, and has held a permanent residency for seven years performing six nights a week.

Original cast member Michael Clift plays Barry Gibb and says it is an honour to play a music legend.

“It was a struggle at the start because we took a while to switch on to what we were doing,” he said.

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“We had to realise that we had to put on a show, not just sing their songs.

“It is a very important role and we have to be on our feet because so many people love the Bee Gees.

“You are playing a real person and it has made us really respect what we are doing and to do it to the best of our abilities.”

The show changes every few years to keep the audience coming back for more, and while this one concentrates on the 40th anniversary, Clift said it still included the Bee Gees’ entire career. “The first half of the show is the last Bee Gees look, which was the One Night Only concert and it’s also the 20th anniversary of that.”

Remembering that the show began when there was no internet access, Clift said they originally had to rely on their memory to come up with the set.

“They brought out a greatest hits in 1997 a couple of years after we started, and there was a DVD released after that so that really helped because we could actually see them perform live,

“We couldn’t find a greatest hits record anywhere in Melbourne when we started and had to seek out second-hand autobiographies.”

A version of the show came to Albany two years ago, and has travelled to 55 countries worldwide.

The audience can expect all of the big hits from the 1960s and 70s, the songs they wrote for other people, and some of the 1980s and 90s songs too.

To relive the great band from the disco era at our very own Entertainment Centre, get tickets from the box office or at ticketek.com.au.

The show starts at 7:30pm.

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