Originally Published: January 5, 2018 6 a.m.
There’s only a few seats that are “Stayin’ Alive” for the “Saturday Night Fever – Ultimate Tribute to the Bee Gees” show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.
It’s not really hard to get into character as Barry Gibb, said John Acosta who’s been impersonating the man for more than a decade and doing the Bee Gees show for about four years.
“I walk around in these clothes daily. I’m a living walking example of 1977. I just have to look in my closet,” Acosta said. “We’re going for that fever period and the bell bottoms and the heels. Things like that.”
The goal is to get a look on stage that automatically says the audience is going back in time to the era of Saturday Night Fever, he said. If the people close their eyes and believe they’re hearing the Bee Gees actual voices, he’s done his job, Acosta said.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and available online at www.prescottelkstheatre.com, by calling 927-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Having spent so long as an impersonator of Barry Gibbs and performing tributes to the Bee Gees, Acosta said he loves the music and respects the man and his songwriting.
“I think that is something that in this mundane non-melodic music world is such a breath of fresh air to have in my generation,” he said. “We didn’t have the chance to experience the Fever period and so my generation is looking for something to remember and be familiar with nostalgia.”
The Bee Gees were kings during that 1977 period, Acosta said. It stands the test of time and is still going strong today with full houses whenever they perform the tribute show, he said. In fact, Acosta said he recently came back from Singapore where three shows had more than 1,200 people at each show.
Acosta said one of his favorite songs to perform is “Fanny” (Be Tender with My Love). It’s not well known, but it was a groundbreaker, he said. It was during that song that Gibbs developed the falsetto that’s known so well today, Acosta said.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St.