"[New Line's] Rocky reminds us vividly of the emotional power actors can exert when they're in the same room as their audience, even if they're kidding around."

Judith  Newmark, St. Louis Post Dispatch


“When it comes to challenging St. Louis theater audiences, to stretching them, exposing them to new stimuli, hardly anyone is in a class with Scott Miller. . .
Rocky Horror
will bring much-needed light and laughter to downtown.”

– Joe Pollack, KWMU-FM


New Line's 2002-2003 season opened in Oct.  2002, in hilarious, sex-crazed style with the show New Line was born to produce, Richard O'Brien's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. After four years of negotiations (i.e., begging and pleading), New Line FINALLY acquired the rights to Richard O'Brien's brilliantly creepy, campy satire of American sexual hang-ups and the excesses of the Sexual Revolution, all told in the language of 1930s sci-fi B-movies, 1950s muscle magazines, and 1970s glam rock. 

The famous story follows the corseted, fish-netted Frank N. Furter, his fellow over-sexed aliens, and his perfect wet dream of a monster, the muscular, blond Rocky Horror, as they sing universally beloved songs like "The Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite," "Toucha Toucha Touch Me," "Dammit Janet," and also a couple songs that were cut from the cult classic film version.

But it's more than just sex, drugs, and rock and roll (as if that weren't enough) -- when it first opened in London, the Daily Mail said, “Richard O’Brien’s spangled piece of erotic fantasy is so funny, so fast, so sexy, and so unexpectedly well realized that one is in danger of merely applauding it without assessing it. That would be a pity. Because I believe Mr. O’Brien has something quite nifty to say…”
If ever there was a New Line show, this one is it. 

The cast of New Line's Rocky Horror included Bryan Shyne (Frank), Todd Schaefer (Brad), April Lindsey (Janet), Alan McCormick (Riff Raff), Alice Kinsella (Magenta), Kimi Short (Columbia), Jeff Pruett (Rocky Horror), Brian Claussen (Eddie/Dr. Scott), and Chris "Zany" Clark (The Narrator). Scott Miller (director), Betsy Krausnick (costume designer), Todd Schaefer (set designer), Mark Schilling (lighting designer)

Read the rave review in the St. Louis Post Dispatch


Want to explore more? We recommend:

Artistic director Scott's Miller background notes on Rocky Horror

Artistic director Scott Miller on NPR's American Icon series, talking about The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The original 1973 London cast album, the original 1974 Roxy (American) cast album, the film soundtrack, or the 1995 complete studio recording with Christopher Lee and Brian May

The first production of The Rocky Horror Show in the 63-seat Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre in London

The video or DVD of the cult classic film version of Rocky Horror -- and the film opening Richard O'Brien wanted...

The Rocky Horror Show vocal selections, including songs cut from the movie, plus the entire Rocky Horror Picture Show screenplay online or the full script of the stage version, also online

The full screenplay for O'Brien's never produced film sequel to Rocky Horror, called Revenge of the Old Queen -- very funny stuff

The O'Brien Crusade website, with tons of press articles, including reviews of the original 1973 production. Also, some NEWS about the tentative Rocky Horror sequel

The website, STLRocky.com, the St. Louis area resource for all things Rocky, and the Northwest Rocky Horror News

A great article, "Don't Dream It, Be It" from New Directions in Folklore, about Rocky as a cultural phenomenon

The most comprehensive list of Rocky Horror websites on the web and Rocky Horror Shows.Net, a site devoted to live productions of Rocky Horror. Also, Cosmo's Factory, an excellent site (with cool downloads) claiming to be the Internet's Largest Cult Movie Website. Also, the Intellectualising Rocky Horror website, the Musical World of Rocky Horror website, and the Frequently Asked Questions from the official Rocky website

The book Rocky Horror: Then & Now, by David Evan and Scott Michaels

The Absolute O'Brien CD, a collection of songs written and performed by Rocky's creator, Richard O'Brien

The Film Wizards Cult Movie Arcade website, The Astounding B Monster cult movie website, and an online History of American Science Fiction films

The story of Damocles, a short  bio and pictures of the famous stripper Lily St. Cyr, the website of the Athletic Model Guild, one of the most popular of the (subtextually gay) "fitness" magazine publishers, and, of course, Charles Atlas.com

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