Saturday Night Fever Is Stayin' Alive Thanks To The Disco Ball

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It's been 35 years years since the leisure suits and swiveling pelvises of Saturday Night Fever seized the world, and producer Vito Bruno is honoring that with his Disco Ball on Saturday, June 23 at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

The event will celebrate the anniversary, and while Travolta must be busy with various lawsuits, his female costars Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow will be there.

Furthermore, the Ball is hosted by Wendy Williams and will feature tributes to Donna Summer and Robin Gibb.

If you doubt Bruno's connection to the classic disco film, he happens to have worked at 2001 Odyssey club, where Saturday Night Fever was filmed, when he was 19.

And he owns a piece of it!


"When the building that housed the club was sold," says Bruno, I went to the poorly attended auction and was the highest bidder for the Dance Floor.

"They quickly withdrew the item from the auction since I was the only one bidding on the most famous piece of movie memorabilia in the world. As a result of withdrawing the item, the dance floor was in litigation for years.

"I have court documents as well as certificate of authenticity. I can authenticate it without a doubt since I was there in the 70's. We restored the item and it was recently used on the Glee episode Saturday Night GLEEver.

"It was great to watch all the actors and crew one by one do the famous Travolta pose for photos on the dance floor. You can't help yourself once you step on that floor; you've got to do it."


And where can you do that these days? Well, Bruno keeps the floor in storage in Brooklyn.

But until it's let out again, just go to the Disco Ball!


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7 comments
mjm
mjm

I heard that Gene Siskel purchased it years after the gave the film two thumbs down. After his death I'm pretty sure it's in the hands of a collector.

mjm
mjm

forgot Jeffrey Osborne, George Benson, Cher, George Duke, the lead singer from First Choice, most of The Three Degrees, most of the members of Rose Royce, The Spinners, Melba Moore,  Carol Williams, Sharon Brown ("I Specialize In Love"), Carol Douglas ("Doctor's Orders"), Tina Charles, Jody Watley (and her fellow Shalamar members), Shannon ("Let the Music Play"), Thelma Houston ("Don't Leave Me This Way") and countless DJs (Frankie Knuckles, Tom Moulton, Nicky Siano, etc.)..

mjm
mjm

well let's see: Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, The Pointer Sisters, The Village People (with most of the original members), The Ritchie Family, Tavares (the disco group who sang "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" and "More Than a Woman" among others), most of The Sylvers, Narada Michael Walden, The Jacksons (sans Michael), LaToya Jackson, Stacy Lattisaw, Amii Stewart, Patti Austin, Cheryl Lynn, Miquel Brown, Martha Wash, Claudja Barry, Taana Gardner, Patti Brooks, Linda Clifford, France Joli, Jocelyn Brown, Jackie Brown, Yvonne Elliman, Samantha Sang, Sparks (who sang "Beat the Clock"), Kelly Marie (who sang "It Feels Like I'm In Love") I guess I could throw in Madonna, Prince, Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, and George Michael because they also started out in the disco era.

Barf
Barf

"Safe for heterosexual white males?" Can I remind you that the star was John Travolta?

JS
JS

God, I hate that pose.  It ruined disco forever (that and the awful movie).  It made discos safe for heterosexual white males who suddenly showed up in white Angel Flight outfits and thought that when he danced with his partner, that the dance floor would automatically clear for the couple with their amazing dance steps! That movie ruined discos for gays.  Straight people bumping into us with no manners, acting as if it were THEIR haven.  And how can you do a movie about discos and show NO ONE doing popper?!?!?

Quills
Quills

With Donna and Gibb gone, who's left from the disco era? Gloria Gaynor and Evelyn Champage King, I hope.

Barnes
Barnes

I had no idea someone owned the dance floor from Saturday Night Fever. Amazing. I wonder who owns JT's leisure suit.

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