'Saturday Night Fever: The Musical' to Debut on Royal Caribbean

Passengers on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas will likely find themselves humming "Stayin' Alive" and other Bee Gees hits as the ship debuts a production of "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical."

The acclaimed show from London's West End will be the main-stage production on the 3,634-passenger ship beginning in April 2011, the cruise line announced.

The show, which premiered in London in 1998, is based on the 1970s feature film, and has been seen by some 10 million people worldwide. It tells the story of Tony, an ambitious Brooklyn guy who spends his Saturday nights disco dancing.

Other Bee Gee hits in the production include "Tragedy," "If I Can't Have You," and "Boogie Shoes."

The show will be performed in the ship's 1,320-seat theater. For aspiring Tonys et al, the cruise line said auditions for the production will be held Oct. 20-22 in New York.

This is not the first time Royal Caribbean has done a full-scale musical theater production as an alternative to standard cruise ship fare.

Last year the line debuted the Broadway hit "Hairspray" on its 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship. And when sister ship Allure of the Seas launches next month, the Tony award-winning "Chicago: The Musical" will be a featured attraction.

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