Following the beat of the disco drum, a slew of disco-lovers feted “54,” Miramax’s ode to the good life, Monday at Hollywood’s Mann’s Chinese Theater.
Harvey Weinstein gave pre-screening thanks to all the creatives and talent involved. The behind-the-camera talent and the stars (sans Neve Campbell, off shooting “Party of Five”) were there, as were Sela Ward, Heather Matarazzo, Erika Alexander, Michael York, director/writer Mark Christopher and producer Richard N. Gladstein. Other dancing queens and kings turning out the two Laurens — Holly and Hutton (the latter of whom appears onscreen), Kevin Williamson, Fred Savage, Jon Lovitz, Sofia Coppola, Alan Carr, Freddie Prinze Jr., Andy Dick, Reese Witherspoon, Seth Green and Virginia Madsen.
Event really kicked off, however, at Miramax’s groovy re-creation of Studio 54 on a Raleigh Studios soundstage. Fighting the throngs for entry (how apropos!), guests walked on not a red, but white carpet, drizzled with glitter and moist from a steady stream of bubbles. A giant disco ball hung over the bar where glistening shirtless bartenders in retro satin hot pants reached for their own stars.
Food was not the priority (dim sum was hard to see, let alone eat), but fun was, proven by the steady streams of champagne while transvestites did the frug in go-go cages. One muscular diva swung on a trapeze, hanging precariously over the dance floor in a surreal display rivaled only by Miss Raven hoisted through the crowd by young studs and placed in her own giant glass of champagne.
Attendees included a strong model contingency floating among the likes of Julie Delpy, Natalie Portman, Lukas Haas, Nastassja Kinski, Debbie Morgan, Vanna White, Ron Jeremy and Marisa Berenson. Live perfs from original diva Thelma Houston (“Don’t Leave Me This Way”) and others gave a real-deal feel to the evening.