Thu 6/27 @ 7:30PM
The team behind the 1980 film Can’t Stop the Music couldn’t have had worse timing. The paean to disco, starring the Village People, was conceived in 1979 — just before disco, already starting to experience blowback and widespread ridicule, ran into a brick wall and died commercially. They scrambled to try to make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear, changing the now-ironic title of the film from Discoland … Where the Music Never Ends to Can’t Stop the Music.
Either way, the film, which follows the story of how the Village People, a six-piece “group” as fabricated as any boy band, was assembled via auditions, was dated and camp the minute it came out. It was certainly no Saturday Night Fever, which emerged at disco’s youthful peak in 1977. Can’t Stop the Music’s motley cast included Valerie Perrine, Broadway star Tammy Grimes and the former Bruce, now Caitlin, Jenner.
The Capitol Theatre in Gordon Square is screening the hilarious (both intentionally and unintentionally) film as the capstone of its third annual LGBT Pride Month Film Series.
Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7 for senior and kids, $8.75 for students.