Look back at New York's club era
The man who dressed studio 54
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
Michael Musto heats up 54 Below
And it's looking to be even more eye popping and ear stoking than the last one. It will trot out Elektrik Company, a big band complete with backup singers, all dolled up a la disco fever bunnies. Me singing disco tunes I remember becaue I learned them when they originally came out! And my special ... More >>
The last one, in February, was a sold-out hit, so we're bringing on more rhythms, more polyester, and more retro yet totally fresh thump-thump euphoria. 54 Below happens to be the upscale former basement of the old legendary disco Studio 54, and that's the perfect place for me to be hosting the dis ... More >>
Thank you to Drew Grant for soaking in the retro ambience and distilling it into this super fun article that puts you smack dab in the basement of the old Studio 54 a thousand years later, when they finally let me in and even let me sing.
Musto brings back the mirror ball to studio 54
That paper's Ralph Gardner, Jr. quizzed me about my upcoming singing engagement at 54 Below, as well as digging into my memory bank for some vivid recollections of the original Studio 54. And he wrote a really lovely piece that makes me look damned good. (Same for the photo, above. This clipping's ... More >>
This Sunday night at 10 PM, I'll be on the Marc and Myra Show on Sirius XM's Studio 54 radio. It all makes sense. Marc is Marc Benecke, who was the door god at the legendary disco. Myra is Myra Scheer, who worked for co-owner Steve Rubell. And I was a budding journalist slash nebbish who went the ... More >>
I believe I mentioned that on Sunday February 17, I'm hosting a disco extravaganza at 54 Below--the old lower level of the legendary disco Studio 54--with a band, singers, Tony nominee Orfeh, and even yours truly stepping up to the mic to croon a disco chestnut or four. And now a Village People per ... More >>
On Sunday February 17, I'll be singing disco hits at 54 Below--the jazzily renovated lower level of the old Studio 54--and it makes perfect sense. I used to go to the actual club in the 1970s. And in the 1980s, I fronted a band. And I've written new words to "I Will Survive" to make it a satirical ... More >>
It all makes perfect sense. After all, I was at the original Studio 54--a LOT. And I always defended the joys of disco music as others argued that it signaled the destruction of civilization. And were still here! So I'm throwing a Disco Extravaganza at 54 Below--the jazzily renovated lower level ... More >>
Scenes from capitalism's big annual fashion celebration
This will be a six-part series detailing the most fabulous bashes I've ever attended, and also the most rotten. Believe me, I remember every free canape, cheap scent, and guilty grope. THE BEST *New Year's Eve at Studio 54 On December 31, 1978, there was only reasonable place to be--Studio 54 ... More >>
Last night, mega designer Michael Kors spilled some fully baked beans to fashion biggie Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y. Christian Freedom was at the event and jotted down every terribly chic word:
And bridge-and-tunnel people! And men in suits! And they've done cartwheels to weed out that element. But come on, people. (A) Everyone has to come from somewhere. (And I happen to come from Brooklyn myself, so who am I to talk? I was one of those B&T's who helped fill Studio 54 every night.) (B ... More >>
The queen of disco is gone, but her music will live on. Here are my fave Donna Summer songs to boogie to through eternity: *"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" A slow-percolating, then explosive duet with Barbra Streisand. Could you imagine just being a fly on the wall in that recording studio?
Broadway legend Tommy Tune staged a musical in Florida last year about the hedonistically, aesthetically delirious disco Studio 54, and it was well received. So it's coming to New York.
In the old days, we indulged in reckless hedonism, but nowadays, we have panels about it. And so, I soberly took part in 24th Letter's salon discussion about the history of NYC's frolicsome nightlife, at Christie's auction house, for a packed house of lively fabbies who seemed to perk up even more ... More >>
Model-turned-Salvador-Dali-muse-and-singer Amanda Lear brightened the '70s with her disco vamping, which was giddy, chic, and alluringly mysterious. Above is a video of the French star singing about the "Fashion Pack" and their attempts to sashay into the era's top hotspot, Studio 54.
In keeping with today's nocturnal propensity for good behavior and crackdowns, the ghost of that legendary '70s den of debauchery Studio 54 is turning into a posh supper club!
Head into ‘Deep Space’ with François K.
On last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Keith and I chewed over the weird way TV and movie cameras have been diving onto Occupy Wall Street, from the Real World casting notice looking for activists to the alleged Dark Knight Rises flirtation with marching extras.
Do it this November and especially next November. It will prove to be the most delightful thing you could possibly do to amp up your excitement level. Think of all the fun we'll have in the concentration camps! Oh, sure, that kind of lockup sounds vaguely unappealing, but there's definitel ... More >>
Yiddish theater meets Holocaust meets Broadway tuner at Studio 54
I watch them so you don't have to--and I even keep the Playbills. This time, I'm serving you some Dance of the Vampires, the toothless musical with the immortal production number about garlic (which appropriately reeked).
"I would like to set the record straight about the horse in Studio 54," Bianca Jagger writes on the recently debuted site, ICorrect, a place where celebrities and other public figures and corporations can legitimize the hearsay of online banter. "I love horses and I used to have a white horse ... More >>
I dance, I chat with Brooke Shields, I learn about female private parts
1) Studio 54. The be-all and end-all of '70s glitz and hedonism. A crazy salad populated with the bad and the beautiful. 2) Mudd Club. The anti-54, this divey new wave hangout on a side street in downtown's then-wasteland bred skinny ties, attitude, and sheer brilliance. 3) Area. A gigantic ... More >>
Yes, I'm one of the hundred powerful and compelling LGBTs who made a difference this year, according to Out magazine, and this is great, mainly because I get to go to the party and eat the hors d'oeuvres. The photo with me and other fabbies was shot as a Studio 54 homage, which is why I lo ... More >>
Put on your red shoes and head to DUMBO
A new doc about legendary designer Halston, which is making the festival rounds, has a sound bite from beloved Liza Minnelli, saying she and Halston didn't care much about the drug use going on at Studio 54; they'd run out the back door so they could go home and get up early for work. Sounds ... More >>
The original Wife Swap
1977 New York gets the VH1 treatment and, oh my, wasn't it fun back then!
Coping without hand-me-downs
Lisa Kudrow supposedly got jewelry worth $5000 to host the MTV Movie Awards, and Adam Sandler was gifted with a $15,000 flat-screen TV.
The current disco revival conceals its homo soul