About The Rocky Horror Show

The original kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever! "A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business." – The New York Times

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

That “Sweet Transvestite” and his motley crew did the “Time Warp” on Broadway in a 25th anniversary revival. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock ’n’ roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever.

Click here for The Guardian's 40th-anniversary slide show with original production photos!

The original London production of The Rocky Horrow Show, directed by Jim Sharman, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973 and won the 1973 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical. Later transferring to several other locations in London, the show ran for a total of 2,960 performances. On March 10, 1975, The Rocky Horrow Show opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre, starring Tim Curry and featuring Meatloaf and “Ritz” O’Brien. In 2001, the show returned to Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre, starring Raúl Esparza, Tom Hewitt, Alice Ripley and Jarrod Emick. Directed by Christopher Ashley, the revival ran for 437 performances.

“A socko wacko weirdo rock concert.” – WNBC TV

“A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business.” – The New York Times

“Campy trash.” – Time

One of the “10 most influential postwar British plays.” – Guardian UK



 

 

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