No jivin': The Australian Bee Gees Show

2014-01-23T00:00:00Z No jivin': The Australian Bee Gees ShowBy Kathleen Allen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 23, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Admit it. There are lyrics that get into your head that just won’t go away.

Lyrics like: “I started a joke, which started the whole world crying/ But I didn’t see that the joke was on me.”

Or “And how can you mend a broken heart? How can you stop the rain from falling down?”

And how about: “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,/I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk.”

Blame the Bee Gees. Each of those stuck-in-your-head lyrics are from one of the trio’s hits. (“I Started a Joke,” 1968; “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” 1971, and “Stayin’ Alive,” 1977).

Relive those days and fill your head with the never-die tunes: the “Australian Bee Gees Show,” which comes to Centennial Hall next week courtesy of Broadway in Tucson, is a high-style tribute show.

Make no mistake: these are not the actual Bee Gees (two of the original three, after all, have died). But from all accounts, the cast does a darn good imitation.

Here are a few reasons to catch the disco beat and boogie on over to the show:

  • The production runs through all the big hits — and there were a lot of them
  • . The band is the fifth most successful recording artist, right behind the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Elvis and Michael Jackson. The show touches on all eras of the group, from 1967’s “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” to those relentless disco beats that saturated the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever.”
  • It’s not just music.
  • This is a multimedia bonanaza. Which means lots of smoke, slides and colored lights.
  • You don’t have to go to Las Vegas to see the show.
  • The tribute show (at the Excalibur) has played the strip since 2011. Much better, and less expensive, if you let it come to you.
  • It’s a history lesson.
  • The Bee Gees were exquisite harmonizers and recorded songs that helped define an era.

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