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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Above is one of several videos posted to YouTube of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society's (BROS) presentation of Phantom Of The Paradise in 6D. In the video above, a live band mimics the performance of the song Upholstery from the film, and immediately after the end of the song, the film itself, which had been stopped for the stage performance, begins again from where a car bomb explodes on stage. Other YouTube videos from 6D screening, which took place on two consecutive nights last month during Halloween weekend, show on-stage performances of Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye, Special To Me, Phantom's Theme, Old Souls, Somebody Super Like You/Life At Last, and the closer, Hell Of It. All of the songs were written by Paul Williams.

The Swan Archives' Ari, the Principal Archivist, was at the first show that Friday night, and reports on what it was like:

The show was a tremendous hoot; the BROS are a talented and dedicated bunch, and it was a true multimedia extravaganza. (And the show sold out; I assume it did just as well the next night.) Basically, they screened the film, but every time the film got to a musical number, the film would stop, and they’d perform it live, with a live band, etc. Then, the film would resume from the point at which the musical number ended. (So they weren’t shadowcasting; the film and the live stuff was never happening simultaneously.) They had great costumes, and were kind of witty about the whole thing. For example, when Winslow plays Faust at the piano, as you know, the camera circles around him, as it does around Carrie and Billy as they dance. So the BROS had Winslow and the piano on a big lazy Susan, and a couple of stagehands rotated the piano as Winslow played, so you got the same spinning effect, but without the camera. During the montage sequence, as Winslow’s playing and dreaming of Phoenix, they projected a montage sequence that looked very similar, except that it had THEIR Phoenix in it, rather than Jessica Harper. Beef’s electrocution was accomplished with a neon lightning bolt that came down from the rafters. They had a full size replica of the Beach Bums’ car, which did a lap through the audience (up and down the aisles), before (sort of) exploding. They managed to be both extremely faithful to the film, and very original and creative at the same time.

(Thanks to Ari!)

Posted by Geoff at 12:17 AM CST
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Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 12:32 PM CST

Name: "Jeremy O Connell"

Looks like a really fun event...but I was wondering am I the only hardcore De Palma fan out there who dislikes PHANTOM?

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 10:49 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Yes, Jeremy, I'm sure you must be! Lol, just kidding-- why do you dislike PHANTOM?

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 8:30 PM CST

Name: "Jeremy O Connell"

Lol, well I just don't find that the film speaks to me in the way that many De Palma films do---I'm not attracted to the characters, the visuals, the story....and I find the pace of the film also somewhat staccato and unwieldy.

As a result, I dont really have fun watching it, nor do I feel it's thematically profound, but that's just my take on it

 What do you like about it Geoff?


Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 2:52 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Well, I love the pace of the film. I love the wild left-hand turns it takes into unexpected places. I love the way it begins, with the Rod Serling intro and the spiraling dead bird logo, lulling the viewer in just before that first chord is strummed on the first song. The shifting tones are beautifully navigated, with an incredible amount of story packed into 90 minutes. The film can be savagely funny one second, and then turn around and be incredibly moving, and it all flows so beautifully.

And then there is a scene such as Swan auditioning new acts to take on Faust, right in the middle of this moving montage, throwing the satire right in the middle of this tragic piece of music. It is visually and thematically imaginative. I love that it can go from the cartoon-esque montage of Winslow's escape from prison, to the grand guignol climax of the wedding at the Paradise.

And Winslow, talking to Swan, looking for him with his one good eye when Swan is trying to convince him to work with him, is funny and creepy at the same time. It's hard to imagine anybody but William Finley being as effective in such scenes.

I could go on and on, but I love the songs, I love the visuals, I love the story, the cast, and the revelations Winslow finds on the videotapes at the end. But most of all, there is the ending, with Phoenix discovering that Winslow is underneath that mask, while chaos goes on all around them. It is a masterful vision. And then the curtain call song over the credits somehow manages to leave it all on a perfectly dry upbeat note. I love this movie!

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 3:58 PM CST

Name: "Jeremy O Connell"

I can't say I feel the same way, but nice to hear your passionate take on the film Geoff! :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 8:10 PM CST

Name: "Principal Archivist"
Home Page: http://www.swanarchives.org

Hi Jeremy -

While respecting your divergent view, I'm not above trying to change it.  You might (or might not!) enhance your appreciation of the film, or at least understand mine a little bit, by checking out the Scene by Scene walkthrough at my site, which starts here: <a href="http://www.swanarchives.org/SceneByScene.asp"></a>

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 12:08 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Try this link for the scene-by-scene: Phantom scene-by-scene.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 10:29 AM CST

Name: "Jeremy O Connell"

Thanks Ari, I've browsed thru your site before, but will take a closer look at the scene by scene now!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 8:25 AM CST

Name: "ave"
Home Page: http://fishno.blogspot.com

Old news but I just wanted to say thanks for the heads-up on this.  I happened to be visiting Annapolis that weekend and my girlfriend and I made it up to Baltimore for the Saturday show.  They did a great job with the music, adding some interesting new touches for the stage (including projecting live video feeds of the show from odd angles around the stage) and there were a lot of fun touches for fans of the original, like miming the 360 degree shot around Winslow at his piano, by having the actor up on a rotating riser.  They got William Finley to do a brief video introduction as well.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:42 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Awesome-- glad to hear it was a lot of fun. Wish I'd been able to go... maybe next time. Thanks, Dave!

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 6:17 PM CDT

Name: "Patrick"

I'd buy that for a dollar!

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