Bee Gees tribute band plans concert Friday
You should be dancing with “Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees,” at the Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 27.
Hailing from Toronto, Anthony Mattina, Todd Sharman and Mitch Morrison become the brothers Gibb in an evening of music that spans the brothers’ career from early folk hits such as “Massachusetts,” “I Started a Joke” and “To Love Somebody,” through “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than a Woman,” and other disco-era hits from the award-winning soundtrack album to the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever” that catapulted John Travolta to stardom.
Other hits in the show include “Grease,” a song co-written by Barry Gibb and recorded by Frankie Valli from the film of the same name, and “Islands In the Stream,” another song from the Barry Gibb hit factory, popularized by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
“We’ve been performing for about 10 years,” said Sharman, who portrays Robin Gibb in the production. “I guess you could call it a tribute to the Bee Gees music. The feedback that I get is that people close their eyes and swear that they’re at a Bee Gees show. Audience members just listen and they can’t believe the experience, the sounds and the vocal harmonies.”
In addition to the sound, Sharman and Co. will transport the audience to a Bee Gees concert with sights and costumes that typify the Gibbs at their heyday.
“Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees,” tours nationally and plays between 120 and 200 dates a year. And as one might imagine, capturing the unique sound of the Bee Gees is no small feat.
“We all been performing in different groups throughout our careers,” Sharman said.
In creating the trademark Bee Gees sound, Sharman said, “We really went through their library and went through their vocal ranges because their harmonies are very tight. Anthony does a great job of doing Barry Gibb’s signature vibrato – that rich type of tone to his voice, which is key to capturing the sound of the Bee Gees.”
Next month, the production will take its show to Mexico to perform with Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive”) for a huge Cinco de Mayo festival.
“Backed by a live band – there are seven of us on stage – I think our production really appeals to audience members of all ages,” Sharman said.
The Palace Theatre is located at 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50; $39.50 seats include premium seating and a meet and greet before the show with the band.
For more information, call 688-5588.