Rocky Horror invades LA’s City Hall

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

“Rocky Horror” takes the stage at the Wilma.

It seemed like a normal day at Los Angeles’ City Hall but when council member Paul Koretz announced that they would be honoring ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and making Friday (October 30) a day to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, the hall came alive with song and dance. ‘The Time Warp,’ the famous anthem from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” rang out across City Hall and members of the film’s shadow cast – a performance troupe that acts out the film alongside its screening – entered the hall dancing in their various costumes.It doesn’t seem possible to produce an over the top Rocky Horror Show, yet a creative team performing in rented spaces and featuring some of jville’s most exciting theatre players has done exactly that.

After Curry and the film’s producer were presented with an official plaque and declaration, the actor spoke to the press, describing his defining ‘Rocky Horror’ moment as “the moment the check cleared.” Curry has been in a wheelchair since suffering from a stroke a few years ago, but spoke on about why he thought the film had a timeless quality to it and has continued to be in cinemas since its release in 1975, saying “it’s partly because it was beautifully lit and beautifully shot and it happened very quickly.” Furter — a “sweet transvestite” from Transylvania who welcomes a buttoned-up couple to his castle after their car gets a flat tire on a rainy November night.

He’s not the only one, with the movie drawing “crazy fans, ardent fans, the devoted fans, the kids who keep this movie alive week after week, year after year,” Piro said. Panned by critics when it opened, it later inspired fans who dressed up as its outlandish characters, toted props like water pistols and newspapers, acted out scenes and shouted at the screen at interactive midnight screenings. While the B horror movie-inspired musical comedy received poor initial reviews, it launched a “unique and enthralling” cultural phenomenon of fervent audience participation during midnight screenings, Koretz said. Koretz said it had transformed “the very nature of the cinematic experience.” Beyond its campy theatrics, “the film has also been helpful in the gay and bisexual rights movement, the acceptance of fabulous drag queens and has provided an essential community for people who otherwise may feel themselves on the fringe of society,” Koretz said. Curry thanked the councilman for “a great honor,” remarking on the beauty of the City Hall building. “Hooray,” he said. “I’m so glad that our day is so close to my favorite American holiday: Halloween.” Adler quipped that he had grown up in nearby Boyle Heights, and “if someone would have told me that I was going to the City Hall in the morning, I would have been more scared than excited.” Nor, Adler said, would he have believed anyone who said they would still be celebrating the film today. “I had no idea that this could possibly happen,” Adler said, crediting Curry for its enduring appeal.

Frank-n-Furter, the “sweet transvestite” scientist from “Transsexual, Transylvania” who is eager to unveil his lab creation to the unsuspecting, recently engaged couple, Brad and Janet. The Friday presentation also included remarks from fan club president Sal Piro and a costumed performance of the “Time Warp” by Sins O’The Flesh, which performs weekly at the NuArt Theatre. This production has been helmed by husband and wife duo with direction by Erik DeCicco, and musical direction by Aaron DeCicco, and with choreography by Jocelyn Geronimo.

The band for Rocky will be filled out with some of Jacksonville’s finest – including Tom Bennett (The Tom Bennett Band), Damon Martin (Aida, Rent), Chris Poland (Fusebox Funk, The Parker Urban Band), Jacob Schumann (Aida, Grease).

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