Tue., November 22
The Horribly Great Rocky Horror
When The Rocky Horror Picture Show came out in 1975 it was a box office bomb. Audiences couldn't get into the stilted dialogue and campy, sci-fi storyline. After its disastrous release, the film reels for Rocky Horror collected dust until brave indie theaters, looking for something with a little kitsch and camp, decided to do midnight screenings. The audiences got into it, started shouting back and throwing things at the screen, and a star was reborn.
"Rocky Horror", the longest-running film release in history, was originally a rock musical for stage. Theatre groups have done the musical - wigs, fishnets, makeup and all - for decades, sometimes right alongside the movie. In keeping with tradition, The Gold Dust Orphans and co-founder Ryan Landry have begun a run of "Rocky Horror" at Club Oberon in Cambridge. The experience is bracing, campy, racy and immersive - in other words, perfectly in keeping with the film's history.
-Ryan Landry joins us to talk about staging The Rocky Horror Show and playing Dr. Frank N. Furter.
-Jeffrey Weinstock, a professor of English at Central Michigan University, will talk about the history of the Rocky Horror cult phenomenon.