Studio 54 To Reopen Without Sex And Drugs

Categories: Nightlife

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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!

Downstairs from what used to be 54 will be 54 Below, a 160-seat, wood-paneled cabaret room that will be christened in June via the dulcet tones of Patti LuPone and that will go on to feature all sorts of talents culled from both Broadway and the Lower East Side.

With the Oak Room's closing, this should bring a new beginning for the modern cabaret era, reportedly by fusing the uptown sensibility with a Joe's Pub-ish touch. (See link.)

But don't expect it to be any kind of comeback for Studio 54.

There will be no sex in the balcony. (There is no balcony.)

There will be no drugs in the basement. (This is the basement.)

And they will probably pay their taxes!


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latentiebump
latentiebump

who and what will they be serving? and probably pay their taxes is right.

RSVProductions
RSVProductions

Since I live in Seattle, I was shocked that THE OAK ROOM had closed! And I agree with Michael that the opening of Studio 54 will give valuable talent a place to show off, but no coke? Really? Really?

Guest
Guest

That's okay. We now have XL for that.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

No sex? No drugs? I think you underestimate even classy clientele. Remember Julie Christie going under the table to service Warren Beatty in "Shampoo"? And what are they gonna do? Have Jackie Hoffman police the stalls? One can pop pills at one's table.If one has paid to get in, picked out a nice, dark corner where the waiters rarely roam because you're Nobody. I think Anybody who wants to find a way to do Whatever will find one.

Anne Thrax
Anne Thrax

It isn't Studio 54 without Halston.

Brad's Boyfriend
Brad's Boyfriend

Come soon to the American Girl Store in Times Square:  The CBGB Blondie girl!

AnonTWO
AnonTWO

Wasn't there a revived Max's Kansas City around in the late 1990?I think people ought to invest some energy and money in creating what once was into something new. Nostalgia is overrated.

Gregorama
Gregorama

Well, finally some good news for those who appreciate "cabaret," a most overused and abused word that no longer means much of anything anymore.  Cabaret, in its original intent, was an up-close-and-personal musical experience with a performer in an intimate surrounding.  The Algonquin Oak Room's recent closing sure went down without so much as a "seeya-later".  Supposedly, the new owner of the Algonquin, The MARRIOTT CORPORATION, is going to re--open the room later this year, after a "renovation" (Read: Strip of every bit of character the place has...I can hear them now:  "And get rid of that fucking cat on the counter!")...we'll see about that.  But as it stands now, the number of viable "cabaret" rooms left in Manhattan can be counted on two---possibly one---hand(s).  Such a pity to see what was once a town filled with dimly-lit, louche little rooms, where a tinkling piano accompanied a luscious dame with a gardenia behind her ear (think Julie Wilson, 1955) left so fallow of intimate venues that are now just pages in unread books on the history of New York nightlife.

Marcenda
Marcenda

The good old days are not anymore no where in NYC/Harlem the powers to be have sucked all the fun out. I am an alumni of Studio 54/Baby Grand/Topp Club/Leviticus/Justine's/The Garage and other clubs that your could go to and enjoy the night but now it is all filled with young people, if you step on their shoes they shoot you and bottle service, and no dancing just drinking. What a shame that they are using Studio 54 name to make money from because of the name-SHAME ON YOU  

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Sad to say, but, It had to happen...when the MGM Grand in Vegas has a "Studio 54" (with the actual logo, btw) with a line of kids who could have been conceived at the real one...well...

Now, will it be a "battle for the gays" of XL cabaret vs. "54"? 

HK dominance is the prize!

Sasquatch
Sasquatch

I hope there's a return to cabaret like in the 70's when Reno Sweeney was the go-to place for talent.

Lillith
Lillith

Studio 54 without sex and drugs is like a day without sunshine!!

Brad's Boyfriend
Brad's Boyfriend

Just don't wear a t-shirt.  Despite their promos, they want you dressed, not undressed.  Bummer.

Sasquatch
Sasquatch

Read the post. It's in the basement of 54 but it is a supper club. That has nothing to do with trying to recreate 54. Can't people read anymore?

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I'm confuzzled by what you said..

"creating what once was into something new. Nostalgia is overrated." 

Ain't that the definition of nostalgia?

Projet54
Projet54

 ok Marcenda - you are right i think. Just a question here please (and sorry for my englih i'm french). Last time i came in ny was in 1979. I was 19 years old and went at Sudio 54- Today i'm 51 but i like to dance on pop and disco music. This question for you because i don't find any answer on web. Where can i find a good place in this city today to hear good disco oldschool sound please? I know Studio54 reoppened for "one night only" and i'm sure there are other places like that in the big apple where i coud hear and dance on disco music. Which one and where please?? Thanks for your answer. (Eric from France)

Terrycart
Terrycart

 That is what I think about something necessary for Studio 54, well, this peace may not last too long.

Rick James
Rick James

cocaine and white women with big juggs is one hella bitch.

AnonTWO
AnonTWO

I understand, but why bother using the name studio 54 if it's own thang.

AnonTWO
AnonTWO

I meant to write create something new not try to recreate the past.

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