Trump at Studio 54: There's fear and loathing but no song and dance from Donald

Revellers dancing at New York nightclub Studio 54 in 1977
Revellers dancing at New York nightclub Studio 54 in 1977 Credit: Michael Ochs Archives

Trump at Studio 54 (Radio 4, Sunday) is a title that promises Disco Donald on the dance floor. Studio 54 was the notorious Seventies New York club that gave stars a place to come out to play. Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. Was he really a regular there? No.

Frances Stonor Saunders’s shapeless, bulging documentary made that plain. Trump was there just once, on opening night, to be seen, get his name into newspapers, acquire status. He didn’t dance. Or drink, or smoke, which must have made him an outsider in the Studio 54 crowd.

The programme’s real story was of his lawyer who took him there, Roy Cohn. Cohn, who also represented Studio 54, plus various mobsters, built...

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