For years, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP) have entertained Rocky Horror Picture Show fans with colorful midnight shadowcast screenings at the Hollywood Theater. On December 4th, the group and its host venue will change it up a bit with a tribute to the 1974 rock musical Phantom of the Paradise.
Directed by Brian De Palma, and starring none other than songwriting giant Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise rivals Rocky Horror Picture Show as one of the most innovative and entertaining spectacles in its genre. Extrapolating elements from Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray and, of course, The Phantom of the Opera, the story centers on an egomaniacal music mogul named Swam who destroys the life of Winslow Leach (William Finley), a talented balladeer who, after being left penniless and deformed, dons a silver helmet and cape to haunt Swan’s rock club, The Paradise. Jessica Harper delivers a notable performance as Leach’s beautiful muse, Phoenix, while Gerrit Graham steals scene after scene as the spoiled glam rocker, Beef.
The Phantom of the Paradise live shadowcast screening will take place at 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. The evening includes a pre-show musical performance by Pittsburgh band The Gothees at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.