In the early 1970s, Richard O’Brien wrote a musical that was to conquer the world. He was just bored, so he made up a completely crazy story. That is still a fixed point on all theatre stages in the world today. The film adaptation of the same name developed into a cult; numerous actors started a world career. The story begins anything but spectacular but downright calm and contemplative. But the fireworks that O’Brian was supposed to set off afterwards surpassed everything that had come before.
Since then, the rock musical has delighted numerous generations over and over again. Music and plot drag the fans away. So it’s no wonder that the Rocky Horror Picture Show quickly became a real cult. That went so far that the fans reenacted the plot in the theatres and later in the cinemas. They convinced not only with exact copies of the costumes but also with specific text security. The fans have developed an extraordinary rite. That is unique in the music scene. The shrill costumes and the throwing of rice, and the skilled handling of water pistols are part of it. In a sense, the show descends from the stage and continues in the auditorium.
A Cheap Production Conquered The World
The author and composer Richard O’Brian has been an integral part of this show for decades. He embodies the narrator, Riff Raff. His skills transformed the original cheap production into a worldwide box office hit. The cost of the original show in the small hall of the Royal Court Theater in Sloane Square in London was only £ 2,000. The planned five weeks turned into victorious years. Two years after the premiere at the theatre, the film entered the cinemas. Both the film and the soundtrack were massive hits. They kicked off the careers of numerous leading actors.
The female lead actress Susan Sarandon became one of the most recognized and successful actresses in Hollywood. The star of the show, Tim Curry, is still a welcome guest in films and TV series to this day. Barry Bostwick became world-famous years later as New York City Mayor in the TV series Spin City with Michael J. Fox. On the other hand, Meat Loaf rose to become the world’s most successful rock star a little later. While he only played a supporting role on the Rocky Horror Picture Show, his second album Bat Out Of Hell, hit like a bomb. It is still one of the best-selling records of all time and has received two sequels over the years.
The turbulent rock’n’roll show with depth promoted the careers of its stars and, at the same time, remained the absolute highlight of their work. Author Richard O’Brian sees his music as more like a sinister fairy tale and likes to compare it to Eve’s fall in paradise. It’s the story of the loss of innocence. It is full of symbolism and psychological moments. Experts think this is the secret behind the seemingly eternal success.