Disco Inferno (musical)
Disco Inferno is a modern 1970s style musical written by Jai Sepple. Set in 1976, the show features memorable songs of the 1970s era, including Boogie Nights, Celebration and Hot Stuff. The musical is loosely based on the story of Faust.
The original cast in the début production at The Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, starred Jai Sepple as Jack, Caroline Koutsoudes, Dan Peek and Robyn Gowers. The supporting cast included Steve Taylor, Harri Sepple (née Shelton) and Mark Brock as well as other musicians, dancers and singers.
- Jack - Young rockstar
- Jane - Jack's lass
- Tom - Jack's nerdy mate
- Maggie - Tom's lass
- Heathcliffe - Egotistical and twisted. The best singer in town.
- Kathy - Heathcliffe's lass
- Terry - Smooth talking DJ. Friend of Jack and Tom.
- Duke (The Devil) - owns the nightclub. Old hippy rocker.
- Lady Marmalade - enchantress and the Devil's right hand woman.
- Nick Diablo - eccentric English fashion expert and the Devil's cleric.
- Lily - a 'gay' barman
- Molly Meldrum
- Agnetha - from ABBA
- Anni-Frid - from ABBA
- Benny - from ABBA
- Bjorn - from ABBA
- Compère of The Roundhouse
- Ensemble - dancers, fans, audience and press etc.
- Girl in cinema
- A priest
- A photographer
- Dick Clark - host of American Bandstand
The 2012 revised script has seen changes to characters including:
- 'Lady Marmalade' is now 'Lucretia MacEvil'
- 'Kathy' is now 'Roxanne'
- 'Terry' is now 'Billy'
Working late in a London nightclub, Disco Inferno, Jack meets Lady Marmalade - a femme fatale and associate of the Devil. Dreaming of becoming successful, he makes a pact with her, trading his soul to fulfill his wildest fantasies.
Jack soon becomes an international success, making appearances on radio and television shows, but he finds his success hollow. Jack now has the fame and fortune he's always dreamed of but loses his devoted girlfriend, Jane. As his situation worsens, Jack wishes only to get his life back to the way it used to be.
Disco Inferno has been performed around the world since it was written, including in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and Norway.
Cancelled UK Tour
A revised version of 'Disco Inferno' was planned to be touring across the UK in the autumn of 2012, until the producer pulled the show citing 'financial reasons'. He then went on to use Dani Harmer as an excuse, as shortly after the tour's cancellation, she announced that she would be taking part in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Creatives of the show and Dani's management team have said that these rumours were untrue.
The tour would have been going to the following theatres:
- Malvern Theatres, Malvern - 21st Aug - 25th Aug 2012
- His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen - 30th Aug - 1st Sept 2012
- Grand Opera House, Belfast - 4th Sept - 8th Sept 2012
- Derby Theatre, Derby - 10th Sept - 15th Sept 2012
- Congress Theatre, Eastbourne - 18th Sept -22nd Sept 2012
- Hull New Theatre, Hull - 24th Sept - 29 Sept 2012
- Civic Theatre, Darlington - 2nd Oct - 6th Oct 2012
From the Official Disco Inferno Website
Please note that the songs in the 2012 UK Tour are still to be confirmed
- Overture (Instrumental),
- Celebration/A Night to Remember Medley (Heathcliffe & Company),
- All Out Of Love (Heathcliffe, Kathy, Jack & Jane), (If You Leave Me Now in some versions)
- Crocodile Rock (Duke),
- Kissing In The Back Row Of The Movies (Tom & company),
- Hot Stuff (Lady Marmalade & girls),
- Some Girls (Tom, & Male company),
- You to Me Are Everything (Jack & Jane),
- Streetlife (Kathy),
- Village People Medley - In The Navy/Go West/Y.M.C.A (Tom, Terry, Jack & Company)
- Instant Replay (Jack & Company), (Could It Be Magic in some versions)
- Ballroom Blitz (Heathcliffe) (Leader of the Gang in some versions)
- Pop Muzik (Nick Diablo & company)
- I Love the Nightlife (Jack & Company) (Boogie Nights in some versions)
- Entr'acte / Radio montage (instrumental),
- U.S. TV Station Theme (instrumental),
- Starman (Jack),
- I Love to Love (Maggie),
- Groove Medley - Boogie Shoes, Let's Groove & Boogie Wonderland (Jack & Company), (Some versions include Blame It On The Boogie)
- I Will Survive (Jane),
- Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word (Jack),
- Enough Is Enough (No More Tears) (Jane & Kathy),
- Don't Give Up On Us Baby (Jack & Jane),
- Devil Gate Drive (Nick Diablo, Lady Marmalade & Company)
- Fire (Duke & Company),
- Spirit in the Sky (Jack, Tom & Company),
- Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting (Lady Marmalade & Heathcliffe),
- Play That Funky Music (Jack & Company)
- Disco Inferno / Finale Medley (Company)
- The Official Disco Inferno Website
- Jai Sepple - Author´s official homepage
- Disco Inferno on the Guide to Musical Theatre
- "BBC - Essex - Entertainment - Disco Inferno". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- "Theatre, dance, opera and cabaret reviews". www.thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Hassan, Genevieve (5 September 2012). "Dani Harmer show axed as she joins Strictly". BBC News. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- "Disco Inferno". www.mtishows.com. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.