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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 

The Model Critic Theatre Review: Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

Roundabout Theatre Company

Reviewed by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic

A pretty woman and a doctor meet, by chance, at a train station in London, 1938.  She has a cinder stuck in her eye, and he offers to remove it.  She then “sees” with perfect clarity, perhaps for the first time in her life.  His vision is also “corrected,” and like a lightening bolt of recognition, they both fall madly into an irresistible sea of love.  Hannah Yelland and Tristan Sturrock in "Brief Encounter"

“Brief Encounter” is a joyous, light-hearted bon mot to romantic love.  With live music, film projections, vaudeville, pantomime, and puppetry, clichés of love fly through the theatre, breaking the fourth wall, and our resistance to its charm.  While the parodies abound, everything morphs into wise, sophisticated nuances that touches everyone.  The simple is made complex, and it becomes a fun ride.

The Kneehigh Theatre Co., from Cornwall, England brings this Noel Coward adaptation to our shores; originally a movie, “Brief Encounter,” made by David Lean in 1945, originating from the play by the same name, and emanating from another Coward play, “Still Life.”  It had a successful run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. last year, before Roundabout’s current offering at Studio 54.

The lovers, Laura and Alec, are conventional pilgrims of life, respectable, married with families.  They meet, and like the famous duo from Verona, are immediately smitten.  They agree to tryst on Thursdays for tea, then a movie, a boat outing, and lunch.  Bored with their private lives, they now become new, free and weightless.

The romantic comedy becomes richly endowed with visual and aural underscoring to their emotional flight.  We see stunning projections of white, fluffy, Botticelli-like clouds, and wild waves beating on rocky shores, matching the ecstasy of their inner lives.

Another transporting image is of a film of a woman swimming underwater, in a sea of shimmering shafts of light, free and unbounded.  We see Laura and Alec, like lovers everywhere and for all time, as levitating souls.

All of this splendor is countered by the crashing reality of their ordinary existence, and mundane responsibilities.  For Laura, when she goes home, she in lonely and removed, and barely knows where she lives, almost a stranger.  Her husband is a couch potato, who does crossword puzzles for entertainment, and barely notices her.  But for Alex, her magic face is like that of Helen of Troy, “the face that launched a thousand ships.”

And although they are set with this sad dilemma, we have a brilliant comedic scene that celebrates the fandango of their love when they meet for lunch.  All stops are pulled as they dance the tango in a shower of roses, drown in bubbles of champagne, and defy gravity with wild abandonment by swinging on the chandeliers, star-dust falling around them.  LOL.  It’s wonderful!

Most of the action takes place in a tea room at the train station where they first meet.  Here we are introduced to two other couples: the woman who owns the store and the stationmaster, and her young assistant, and her lover, the vendor.  Both couples have uncomplicated affairs, and they seem to have no conflicts to resolve with their choices and stations in life, all flows easily.  They bring us back to reality.  As for Laura and Alex, there are important, life altering decisions to be made, as they realize their sad predicament.

The whole, complex effect of the play is filled with visual and aural candy, strung seamlessly together.  The Noel Coward songs are especially remarkable, simple and poetic.  The director, Emma Rice, has done an outstanding job in bringing all to a magical creative reality, and the company starring Hannah Yelland and Tristan Sturrock, were a pleasure and a delight to watch.

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.”   
Anyone Can Whistle

The Original Broadway Poster of 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