The Fabulous Allan Carr
With a career spanning three decades, Allan Carr was a one-of-a-kind Hollywood power player. An ambitious and innovative producer, manager, party planner, and marketer, Carr built his grandiose reputation with a calculated flair for the hustle that earned him a fortune from the 1978 mega-hit musical Grease and the 1983 Broadway smash La Cage aux Folles.
Born Allan Solomon in 1937, Carr was seduced by Hollywood and dreamed of reaching its upper echelon. He started out investing in theater and then worked in television for Hugh Hefner and revived Ann-Margret’s career. He also helped launch the careers of Olivia Newton-John and Michelle Pfeiffer. Carr’s most spectacular film debacle was the 1980 homoerotic disco camp-fest Can’t Stop the Music, directed by Nancy Walker and starring Caitlyn Jenner, Valerie Perrine, and the Village People.
With his own Egyptian-themed basement disco, Carr threw the glittery parties that helped define the glorious excess of the 1970s. Swimming in money, young men, and cocaine, he was a fixture on the celebrity talk-show circuit. Carr’s ultimate prize was on the horizon, but it all came crashing down after he produced 1989’s notoriously over-the-top Academy Awards ceremony.
Director Jeffrey Schwarz (2015 Frameline Award honoree; I Am Divine, Frameline37; Tab Hunter Confidential, Frameline39) is the perfect choice to immortalize Carr’s flamboyant, fairytale life. He’s gathered warm and witty remembrances from many of Carr’s friends and colleagues, including Bruce Vilanch, Lorna Luft, Marlo Thomas, and Steve Guttenberg.
— CHRIS KEECH
- Premiere Status: Bay Area