On today’s KCSB-FM Fund Drive episode, producer/host Ted Coe will devote the better part of the hour to previewing an upcoming area appearance by performer and musician Paul Williams, who is known for his work as an actor in films and television and even more so for being a singer and award-winning composer (including the Top 40-hit “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppets Movie in 1979).
Fans of this program might recall my own longtime fascination with Williams’ career. He was the focus of a 2011 “Freak Power Ticket” tribute. More recently, the Brian DePalma cult film Phantom of the Paradise — a rock’n’roll horror-musical fable fusing Phantom of the Opera, Faust, and The Picture of Dorian Gray — was the subject of another hourlong special. Paul Williams co-starred in the influential 1974 film, for which he wrote his first Oscar-nominated score.
All of this comes ahead of a much-anticipated interview and planned meet up at Williams’ scheduled public appearance in Santa Barbara next Monday, November 24th, at the Granada Theatre, where he will serve as guest curator at the inaugural screening at the “Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series,” which kicks off at 7pm that evening with a screening of Robert Mulligan’s 1962 film, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Today’s broadcast will celebrate Williams with a recap of the best tracks from Phantom of the Paradise and from his 1976 cult-classic film musical, Bugsy Malone, plus a selection of his other songs. Special guest Ari Kahan, curator of SwanArchives.org, the definitive Phantom of the Paradise “fansite,” and one of the original organizers of “Phantompalooza” fan festivals in Canada, who has also served as a consultant on Blu-ray disc reissues of the film, will be on to talk about the forty-year impact of Phantom of the Paradise.
Ted Coe explains today’s interview segments: “Ari Kahan has generously donated an original, linen-backed, “Style A” Phantom of the Paradise U.S. one-sheet used to promote the film in movie theaters in 1974, which we’re offering today as one of our top thank-you gift items. If you’re interested in claiming this rare item as your very own thank-you gift, you should go to the phone right now and give us a call at (805) 893-2424! Or donate online HERE.
Soon to be autographed by its star & composer, Mr. Paul Wiliams, the linen-backed poster is 27-inches across and 41-inches tall, with an estimated value of $200. For a $125 donation, it could be yours! We also have two Paul Williams-autographed, 40th-Anniversary edition Blu-ray / DVD combo packages of DePalma’s Phantom to share (courtesy of the speciality company Shout! Factory).
There are a number of other cinema, literary, cultural, dining, and retail thank-you gifts that you might choose from! Plus great KCSB t-shirts — and a bonus edition of the KCSB ‘Live in Studio A’ nineteen-track CD compilation along with your other selections!
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