Disco Overtime (Times Square Episode 5)

On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne stay out late for the birth of NYC nightlife. Then we revisit the history of the 1970 film The Boys in the Band and refresh ourselves with "Maude." Our special guest is Ed Dixon, actor and author of the memoir Secrets of a Life on Stage…and Off.

Times Square, 1975 / Getty

On this episode

Theatre raids / proto-disco, all genders, all the time / a safe space, an outlaw space / OT / time-and-a-half at the massage parlor / "white savior Barbie" / Johnny and the rentboys / The Gaiety / The Haymarket / 8 shows for 8 dollars / bodacious ta-ta's / "when you think of it connected to Lauren Bacall" / The Boys in the Band / "a goddamn laugh riot" / "The Gay Bar," Maude / "Archie Bunker in an ascot" / watch Behind the Green Door / call us! / become a patron / so long

Further reading and viewing

"Homosexuals Hold Protest in ‘Village’ After Raid Nets 167," New York Times, March 9, 1970

"Homosexuals Hold Protest in ‘Village’ After Raid Nets 167," New York Times, March 9, 1970

The Boys in the Sand, 1971

The Boys in the Sand, 1971

The Gaiety, 1980

The Gaiety, 1980

The most savage sequence is a telephone game blundered into by Alan (Peter White), a possible “straight” who was once the host’s college roommate. Each player must dial, and then blurt “I love you” to the person he holds dearest. All the players are stoned out of their minds, but not out of their situations. Amid the four-letter confrontations, ugly—and sometimes beautiful—revelations occur, until finally the game’s inventor is buried alive in a landslide of truths.
— Time, "Shades of Lavender," March 30, 1970
The Boys in the Band

The Boys in the Band

The Boys

The Boys

Times Square / Leland Bobbe

Times Square / Leland Bobbe

Featured Music

  • "Shannon," Henry Gross; 1976
     
  • "Midtown American Main Street Gang," Dion;1978


Credits

TERRIFIC CITY is hosted by Melissa Gira Grant and Cheyenne Picardo. The show was recorded and edited by Cheyenne Picardo, and it was produced by Melissa Gira Grant. (Thanks to Bradley Robinson for helping with music supervision.)

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