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NYers Psyched Up for “Theatrical Roller Disco” at Central Park

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Well, Spring is here folks so it’s time for New Yorkers to get their wheels on and begin boogeying. For those not in the know, that means put on your roller skates and even your roller blades and get ready to cut up the roller-dance floor. And the good part is that there are no shortages of roller skating rinks in the Big Apple as the age old past time is being embraced by just about everyone.

The New York Post reported that visitors to Central Park will now be able to enjoy yet another rolling skating venue. The report indicated that this news comes directly after the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport reopened its Roll-A-Rama venue and the Rockefeller Center’s opening of its Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace. Now, reports the Post, sales have launched for the new DiscOasis at Central Park.

Participating in the roller boogie craze the Manhattan’s Central Park will cost anywhere from $16 to $65 for general admission tickets. That price does not include skate rentals.

The season for roller skating at Central Park begins June 16th at Wollman Rink and closes on October 1st, according to the Post report. As was said in a press release that was distributed to the media about the new DiscOasis, it describes the ambience of the new rink as an “immersive, musical and theatrical roller disco experience.”

In partnership with the Los Angeles Media Fund and Live Nation (an events promoter) the new disco rink was created by Constellation Immersive, the experienced based production studio. The Post reported that the roller-dance hub in the middle of Manhattan will not be limited to skating but will also become a venue for artists, live disc jockeys, special guests and special “theatrical performances.”

Serving as “Groovemaster” for DiscOasis will be the co-founder of the frunk group, “Chic” – namely Nile Rodgers, according to the Post report. Not only is Nile Rodgers a hit-maker but he is also a Grammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Speaking to the Gothamist, the 69-year-old Rodgers said: “I guess somebody had said, ‘Nile is a roller-skater.’ And the producers called me up right away. I said, ‘Oh, man, I’d love to program the music. “I try and explain it to people, like even when I skate now — and most of the time now I skate alone — but you feel so free. It’s almost like people who parachute jump or something, you feel like you’re flying.”

The Post reported that the press release indicated that Tony Award-nominated David Korins has designed the “glittering roller rink fantasia as its centerpiece” at Wollman Rink’s “oasis within an oasis.”

The release also stated that the award winning David Weiner has done the lighting design for the roller-dancing venue. Moreover, hungry skaters will not have to be concerned about what to eat and drink as a food and beverage service will be provided, although the menu has not as yet been released.

While this will be the DiscOasis’ virgin run in New York, it previously enjoyed a sold-out 2021 run at a Los Angeles botanical garden, according to the Post report.


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