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Behind the Scenes at Studio 54 with Club Co-Founder Ian Schrager Live on Dec 24, 25 and 31

Club co-founder Ian Schrager sits with fashion icon Norma Kamali to give the definitive Studio 54 interview

For the first time ever, Ian Schrager will take listeners behind the scenes – and even into the basement of the legendary club Studio 54, on SiriusXM’s Studio 54 Radio, channel 15.

The exclusive, revealing two-part interview special, “Schrager on Studio,” will feature the visionary Studio 54 co-founder and international hotelier sitting down with fashion icon Norma Kamali to share the inside story of the legendary and iconic nightclub.

 Ian Schrager unquestionably has had his finger on the pulse of pop culture for decades. Along with Steve Rubell, he created the world’s ultimate dance explosion and a club so unique it is still a household name today all over the world.  In this one of a kind interview, Ian Schrager and Norma Kamali, talk about an era, time and place that still resonates and whose cultural impact is still being felt today.

“I never talked about Studio 54 until now,” said Schrager. “And I thought SiriusXM was the perfect place to do it.”

“Schrager on Studio” Part 1 will air Saturday, December 24 at 6:00 pm ET and “Schrager on Studio” Part 2 will air on Sunday, December 25 at 12:00 pm ET.

The interview special will be rebroadcast on Saturday, December 31 at 4:00 pm ET and Sunday, January 1 at 2:00 pm ET.

SiriusXM launched Studio 54 Radio, a 24/7 commercial-free channel devoted to the best classic dance and disco, as a tribute to the music often played in the legendary club created by Rubell and Schrager. The channel, launched in August, features music that comes from the vaults and special record collections of insiders, much of which has never been heard since the club permanently closed its doors. Studio 54 Radio also includes The Marc and Myra Show, the weekly interview series featuring Studio 54 insiders sharing many never before told personal stories and anecdotes about the renowned club.

Lady Bunny and Patricia Field at the One Night Only Opening

On October 18, SiriusXM, along with members of the original Studio 54 team, reopened Studio 54, at its original location, for “One Night Only.”

For more information, please visit http://www.siriusxm.com/studio54radio 

Theatre Reviews: Sondheim on Sondheim

Contributed by New York Theatre Reviewer Carlos Stafford – The Model Critic
It was an immediate standing “O” for Sondheim on Sondheim  at Roundabouts’ Studio 54 production in New York City.  Still in previews, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat and the doyenne of song, Barbara Cook, head up a joyous biographic tribute to Stephen Joshua Sondheim.
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony’s, this prolific lyricist has enjoyed a storied career spanning five decades .  Starting with his childhood neighbor and mentor, Oscar Hammerstein, he has collaborated with many luminaries from the Broadway Stage; Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, and Richard Rodgers, to name a few.
His overriding themes and ideas are adult and poetic, and his idiosyncratic music and lyrics often convey neurotic people on an emotional precipice. Some of his major successes for music and lyrics include “Company,” “Follies,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Assassins,” “Passion,” “A Little Night Music,” and the great “Sunday in the Park with George;” and lyrics for “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” “Do I Hear a Waltz,” and “Candide.”
Video projections of Sondheim commenting on his childhood, his early years as a struggling artist, and the creative process for each of his works, were artfully delivered.  They showed Sondheim as warm, relaxed and humorous–in his home, at his piano, lounging on a couch, his poodle nearby, an a his desk.  All is very intimate and friendly. He recounts his close relationship with Oscar Hammerstein, and how he adored him.  He said he would have done anything Oscar would have done–if Oscar would have been a geologist, he relates, he too would’ve been a geologist.  All this comes at a tumultuous time in the young boy’s life, his parents having been recently divorced.  Oscar became a friend and mentor, and was a pivotal figure in his early development.
Another intimate revelation is the fact that he wrote about love relationships and marriage, but had never been in love, or in a relationship, until he was sixty years old.  When he wrote “Company,” a stark look at urban marriage, he had no idea what to write; so he interviewed a friend who had been married, pencil and yellow pad in hand, and he received his information.  That, he said, was the unlikely genesis of the musical.  Always charming and articulate, he walks us through similar moments of his life in a graceful and easy manner.
Underscoring his own words, comes the musical arrangements of his most successful works.  The cast is terrific, the songs are delivered with energy and passion, and there are many moving, electric moments.  The lyrics have sweep and majesty as in “Sunday;” great depth in “Being Alive;” and profound melancholia with a song covered by Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Collins,and Barbara Streisand, and countless others, “Send in the Clowns.”  My personal favorite, was a small, but charming song, “Anyone Can Whistle.”
It was bliss, I think you’ll agree.
The Story
It’s a completely different kind of Sondheim evening: an intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words…and music. An ensemble cast, led by Tony Award winner Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat, will perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure.

March 19 – June 13, 2010

Studio 54, 254 W 54th St
(Between B’way & 8th Avenues)
Ticket Services: 212.719.1300