• Publication date: October 17, 2009

Staying Alive Staying Alive

Five years after Saturday Night Fever sparked the love of disco music across ...

Five years after Saturday Night Fever sparked the love of disco music across the globe, famed actor and director Sylvester Stallone attempted to recreate its success with a sequel called Staying Alive, which sees the return of dance floor casanova Tony Manero, played by John Travolta, exchanging Brooklyn’s seedy nightclubs for Broadway’s glitzy stages. Tony Manero has left his old Italian neighborhood and pals behind, and now resides in a dingy Manhattan motel. With the disco craze long gone, Tony hopes to translate his choreographic skills into a profitable stage career. To make ends meet he works as a dance instructor by day and a waiter by night. Although Tony has matured over the years he remains a womanizer, caught between one-night stands and a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Jackie (Cynthia Rhodes). But it seems like his relationship is coming to an end as Jackie struggles to forgive Tony’s chronic infidelity, which has gotten worse as he seems to be infatuated with a dancer named Laura (Finola Hughes). Jackie eventually leaves the relationship and hooks up with her band’s bassist, played by Sylvester Stallone’s real-life brother, Frank. Meanwhile Tony tries to woo Laura, who makes it clear that their prior one night stand was for pleasure with no strings attached. Heartbroken, Tony returns to Jackie, who rejects his apologies and doubts his sincerity. But there seems to be some light for Tony at the end of the tunnel as an uncomfortable reunion awaits all three at an audition for Satan’s Alley, a fictional Broadway production. Though Staying Alive was not critically praised, it was a commercial success, earning over $64 million at the box office. The soundtrack was primarily composed by the Bee Gees, with performances by cast members Frank Stallone and Cynthia Rhodes sprinkled sporadically throughout it.