Ann M. Murray
It was a time of debauchery, drug use and overall excess. It was the 1970’s at Studio 54, and it’s all coming back in posterity! The Hollywood Reporter says that the network Showtime is developing a new series based on the bawdy New York nightclub, focusing on impresario Steve Rubell and the 1977 opening of the Studio (the beginning of the end of the 70’s!). However, don’t expect a celebrity guest expose or a drama that focuses on the internal happenings of the club. “The show is less about the history of Studio 54 than it is about New York in the late ’70s,” said writer Chad Hodge (Hairspray), “what people were going through, the political and social issues.” The writer and producers had their own brushes with 54, with Hodge’s grandparents having visited the club one night and the producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, having been guests of Liza Minnelli.
There’s only one celebrity I’d be interested to see at Studio 54, and it turns out she’s already been there, and documented it!