The Kid’s back
PUBLISHED: 13:03 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010
SLIP on those dancing shoes and prepare for a 70s revival as the hottest party around hits Cambridge. Oh! What a Night is an escapist, high energy, feel-good show, taking you back to New York s hippest disco, the Inferno. And, at the only place to be see
SLIP on those dancing shoes and prepare for a 70s revival as the hottest party around hits Cambridge.
Oh! What a Night is an escapist, high energy, feel-good show, taking you back to New York's hippest disco, the Inferno.
And, at the only place to be seen resides the funkiest, coolest DJ of them all, Brutus T. Firefly - aka Kid Creole.
"It's a celebration of the 70s," says August Darnell, who was given the Kid Creole nickname while in high school.
"The show is a musical tribute, it is true escapism, and you can let your hair down and have some fun."
At the Inferno, the kids live for Saturday night - the time to put on their best threads, meet friends, dance to the coolest music, and maybe fall in love.
"People of all ages come and see the show. Kids come and like to dress up even though they never lived in that era, while the adults relive that time in their lives," says New Yorker Darnell.
Oh! What a Night started with a four-month run in Blackpool in 1997, but producers were so encouraged by the audience reception, that it just kept going.
"I stuck with the show because its fun.
"We have done 1400 performances, I don't think there's anybody left in the country who hasn't seen it!" says Darnell, who originally trained as an actor.
"After I left school, I drifted into my brother's band and went from there. It was an incredible journey."
In 1980 Darnell formed Kid Creole and the Coconuts - who were a trio of female backing singers/dancers, and the group, albeit with a slightly altered line-up, still tour.
"We played in the nightclubs and bars, its how I got to see the world.
"The Coconuts are still going and we've actually just finished a tour.
"The show is a great way to divide my time between the two though."
Seventies fans can expect to hear classics such as We Are Family, Ain't No Stopping Us Now, Celebration, and of course Oh! What a Night.
"There is music from many of the great groups from the 70s.
"It's a dancing show and people love it. It borders on pantomime sometimes, with all the audience participation, but it's a lot of fun," says Darnell.
And he says that is why the show is so successful.
"Its about choice, we are competing with other shows to get people to see ours.
"People are spending their money on a Friday night and they choose to laugh and have fun.
"The show has great word of mouth and it appeals to all ages."
Darnell, the only New Yorker in the exhilarating show, leads a young cast, which he says is the 'greatest thing in the universe'.
"A lot of dancers come out of college and audition for the show because it's got some funky dancing.
"I like working with younger people, they keep you on your toes.
"They have such energy and ambition. They are just starting out, they are hard working, and to go up against that makes you want to give that extra inch."
After 10 years of touring with the show, Darnell says he still has fun every night.
"My favourite bit of the show is the medley at the end.
"There are eight 70s tunes - it's a real climax.
"It's a real adrenaline rush, the audience rise out of their seats and you can see they are having as much fun as us."
Oh! What a Night will hit the Cambridge Corn Exchange from February 29-March 1.
Tickets cost £22-28.50 and are available from the box office on 01223 357851.
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