Today in Music: 4/26/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Studio 54, the celebrated nightclub owned by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, opened on April 26, 1977, at 254 W. 54th Street in Manhattan. Studio 54 was memorable for its celebrity guest list, restrictive door policy (which was notoriously subjective based on appearance and style) and unbridled debauchery. Designed by architect Eugene De Rosa, the building opened in 1927 as the Gallo Theater. The space changed hands several times during the 1930s becoming the New Yorker Theater in 1939. In 1943, CBS purchased the theater and turned it into a soundstage that housed such shows as What’s My Line?The $64,000 Question, Password, To Tell the Truth, and The Jack Benny Show. CBS moved its broadcast operations to the Ed Sullivan Theater in 1976. Upon acquiring the property, Schrager and Rubell transformed the space into a nightclub in just six weeks, hiring Scott Bromley (architect), Ron Doud (interior designer), and Brian Thompson (lighting designer). Many of the elements from the property’s previous incarnation as a soundstage (i.e. the fly system, TV lighting circuits) were kept and incorporated into the nightclub’s design, allowing for a dynamic, ever-changing environment. Studio 54 closed in February 1980, after the club was raided by the IRS and Schrager and Rubell were arrested for tax evasion. Studio 54 remains one of the most famous nightclubs ever and was central to the formation of disco and nightclub culture. #studio54 #ianschrager #steverubell #manhattan #nightclubs #nyc #70s #nyc70s #nightlife #disco #disconights #celebrity #debauchery #eugenderosa #gallotheater #newyorkertheater #cbs #whatsmyline #64000question #password #totellthetruth #thejackbennyshow #edsullivantheater #scottbromley #brianthompson #rondoud #soundstage #discoforever #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistorytonyatlarge.com

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