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john badham

The Ultimate Tony Manero (incl. a scroll description)

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After the success of the first run, in 1978 the film was choreographically revamped to be re-issued to a PG-rated version and re-released during a second run to attract a wider audience. The captioned iconic & symbolic Saturday Night Fever image in this video shows a frame of Karen Lynn Gorney (following their dance duet)clapping rhythmically, and John Travolta dancing spectacularly (during the 3rd chorus) to the song Stayin`Alive while looking at the camera to be completely mesmerising, as directed by John Badham. The advanced choreography made John a global icon & accentuated his white suit. The R-rated version contained profanity, nudity, a fight sequence, and a multiple rape scene in a car, all of which were de-emphasized or removed from the PG version. This video can be compared to the Saturday Night Fever Megamix,(the former West End stage musical) for which you need to visit YouTube. I won a bottle of Champagne in 1996 in the Ballroom of the Wintergardens Theatre in Blackpool (UK) performing the best Saturday Night Fever dance routine. I received a formal apology from Ruth Ellis (former) Show Business Editor of the Daily Express (UK tabloid) regarding her omission of a readers alert about the 1997 Open Auditions to be cast as the then new Tony Manero in the stage Musical Saturday Night Fever. I was unaware of the existence of The Stage Newspaper for Performing Arts. I was deprived of the opportunity to demonstrate my symbolic repertoire for the Casting Director. This revamped footage of my Strictly Dance Fever audition reflects the choreographically advanced and re-released Saturday Night Fever 1978 (cert.PG), which includes headshots showing structural facial similarities. Ben Richards (as Tony Manero) very oddly posed centre stage to reflect the original symbolic Stayin' Alive dance spectacle with his left hand open, thus losing Tony Manero's machismo not to mention his athleticism in the Musical Saturday Night Fever (see online iconic image). Arlene Phillips OBE speaking during an interview for a Channel 4 television documentary about John Travolta`s TV & film career especially Saturday Night Fever, she said "My Favourite dance technique is the one with the pelvic thrusts and the horizontal right arm beacuse that is Tony Manero through and through". Look out for the CLOSE-UP of my demonstration in this video. Ben Richards(ex Tony Manero/ex judge) failed to appreciate(during my audition)Deney Terrio's symbolic and spectacular choreographic 1978 Stayin' Alive revamp and he continues to dispute the existence of the (teenagers) version of the film. The disappointingly rough dance surface precluded my demonstrating the notable (Cossack styled) "Knee Drops" technique to the judges. Ben omitted this from his solo dance routine on the ultra smooth surfaced stage at The London Palladium.