I had a chance to speak to Paul Williams at Canadian Music Week. “I betcha I’ve seen you in Phantom of the Paradise about a hundred times!” I gushed. He gave me a weird look and cocked his head like a spaniel you thinks you’ve lost the plot.
If I had told him I’d grown up in Winnipeg, that would have explained everything. For some inexplicable reason, Phantom of the Paradise was a huge and enduring hit in the city and in much of Manitoba. Why?
Daniel sent me this post that tries to get to the bottom of it. As a fan of the film, I can attest to the veracity of this information.