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Disco Inferno is a 1970s-style musical set in 1976. It features really cheesy songs written in the 1970s, including A Night to Remember, Hot Stuff and the titular Disco Inferno (the one which features the memorable phrase "Burn, Baby, Burn"). The musical is loosely based on the story of Faust.
The story follows Every Man Jack, who has a great life — a girlfriend who loves him and a good job in a nightclub called Disco Inferno. But he dreams of being a singer. One night, he makes a Deal with the Devil and signs his soul away for a life of fame and popularity. At first it seems as if all his dreams have come true, but things swiftly fall apart. Due to his arrogance, he loses his girlfriend and eventually kills his best friend. Jack repents in front of the entire funeral congress, just as his rival, Heathcliffe, shoots him with a gun given to him by the devil. Jack wakes up in the nightclub and finds out that everything has gone back to the way it was before he signed the contract. It turns out that there was a get-out clause that, because Jack repented before he died, the contract was void.
This work includes examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: Nick Diablo.
- Attending Your Own Funeral: Tom's Meaningful Funeral is followed immediately by his returning from Heaven to speak to Jack and alter his own gravestone.
- Bad Girl Song: Lady Marmalade's Hot Stuff.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Because it might just come true.
- Camp Gay: Lily, the Camp Barman.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Par for the course in a story about a Deal with the Devil.
- Chastity Couple: Tom and Maggie, the Beta Couple who have been together six years and never kissed. Purely because of Maggie, however.
- Chekhov's Gag: Tom's sarcastic comment that "Elvis popped round for a game of Monopoly" comes back to haunt him when he dies, goes to heaven, and discovers that it actually happens.
- Co-Dragons: Lady Marmalade and Nick Diablo.
- Deus Ex Machina
- The Devil Is a Loser: Duke is an ex-hippy washed-up rocker now running a nightclub.
- Have We Just Been Singing With Satan?
- Evil Is Stylish: Nick Diablo is the Devil's fashion expert.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Implied for Heathcliffe. Played for Laughs, as it happens...
- Faustian Rebellion: If you repent then the Devil can't do anything.
- Flaming Devil: Nick Diablo.
- Horny Devils: Lady Marmalade may or may not be an example of this. If she is, she's a pretty ineffectual one.
- Hot as Hell: Lady Marmalade
- The Ingenue: Maggie probably counts. It takes her over six years in a steady relationship to have her first kiss.
- Jukebox Musical: sort of.
- Karma Houdini: While clearly irritated by their failed contract, none of the demons seem all that unhappy at the end.
- Letter Motif: Jack and Jane.
- Milkman Conspiracy: The true identity of Satan, and the driving force behind everything? Duke the nightclub owner.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Nick Diablo. Also a Meaningful Name.
- Lemony Narrator: Jack.
- Louis Cypher: All three Deamons: Duke, Lady Marmalade and Nick Diablo
- Plucky Comic Relief: Tom, Jack's best friend.
- Prophetic Name: The nightclub is called Disco Inferno. And, sure enough, it turns out to be owned by the Prince of Hell.
- Rock Me, Asmodeus: The Disco Inferno Nightclub is owned by Duke.
- Shout-Out: To many things, including The Muppet Show
- Sissy Villain: Nick Diabolo
- Spirit Advisor/Dead Person Conversation: Tom returns from heaven to offer Jack advice. And crack the odd joke.
- The Vamp: Both Lady Marmalade and Kathy
- Villain Song: Every villain gets a song, although not all count as proper Villain Songs. Heathcliff's rendition of Saturday Night's All Right is probably the best example.
- Waxing Lyrical: Tom continually accidentally says lines of Beatles songs right after they have broken up. Hilarity Ensues as Maggie gets more and more hysterical and Tom keeps making things worse.
- X Meets Y: Back to The Eighties meets Faust.