For the film’s 40th anniversary on Wednesday, self-professed “Fever” freak Gianluca Mech is flying in from Rome to rework a nondescript Chinese language restaurant — the positioning of the real-life 2001 Odyssey Disco that impressed the movie — at 64th Avenue and Eighth Avenue in Bay Ridge. And he’s shelling out $200,000 to do it.
“It’s fairly some huge cash, however it’s price it. It’s been my dream since I used to be a toddler to bop the place ‘Saturday Night time Fever’ was achieved,” mentioned Mech, 48, a nutritionist and herbalist who’s been referred to as the Richard Simmons of Italy. “At 10 [years old], I mentioned, ‘I wish to come to New York and dance.’ Individuals thought I used to be loopy. And have a look at me now.”
To rejoice with him, Mech is chartering a aircraft from Rome for about 50 buddies and placing them up on the Ritz-Carlton. He had a lighted dance ground constructed that shall be put in the day of the bash, together with video partitions that can present the movie, and employed dancers on curler skates and a John Travolta look-alike to pay tribute to the film’s star. Singer Carol Douglas, whose title is featured on a marquee within the film, will carry out, and guitarist Ed Cermanski of the Trammps, whose “Disco Inferno” is on the soundtrack, will attend.
“We first performed there in 1977,” Cermanski mentioned of 2001 Odyssey. “It’s hallowed floor.”
DJ Monti Rock, who performed himself in a “Fever” scene, is spinning. Village Individuals member Randy Jones — a okay a the cowboy — will sing “YMCA.” Lenny’s Pizza in Bensonhurst, made well-known within the movie’s opening scene, is sending over pies.
For his costume, Mech had Dolce & Gabbana sew up a customized white swimsuit, at the price of $5,000. Though it’s just like Travolta’s swimsuit within the movie, Mech ditched the bell bottoms in favor of a extra streamlined leg. Company are additionally anticipated to decorate of their finest disco-era garb.
(Sadly, Mech’s pal former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is unable to make it.)
Despite the fact that Mech was solely eight years previous when his oldest sister sneaked him right into a theater to see “Fever,” it rapidly turned his favourite movie.
“It’s not a simple movie. It addresses lots of points that also exist — medication, immigration, racism,” mentioned Mech, who associated to fundamental character Tony Manero (Travolta) feeling like an outsider trying in.
“Like Tony, I used to be in search of one thing else. When you could have unusual concepts within the countryside, folks have a look at you want a fruitcake. I come from a really conservative household, so the thought I needed to go all over the world [promoting] a distinct option to eat, it was unusual to my mother and father.
“Tony Manero was an individual who makes his personal desires come true,” mentioned never-married bachelor Mech, who has seen the film no less than 30 occasions. “He’s not only a character — Tony Manero is me.”
Amazingly, Mech is opening the doorways of his social gathering to anybody who needs to don interval garb and dance on over. You would possibly even nab the $500 money prize for finest disco dancer within the dance contest.
“The social gathering’s not only for me, it’s for everybody to take pleasure in. I wish to share this with everybody. They’ll depart all their issues at residence, no less than for one night time,” Mech mentioned. “I’m not egocentric — it’s not like I purchase a chunk of artwork and preserve it locked in a room.”