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The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Trailer (1975)

On this day in 1973, The Rocky Horror Show (the musical, not the movie) debuted at London’s Royal Court Theatre. With music and lyrics written by Richard O’Brien, it was a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s to the early 1960s.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of a newly engaged couple who get caught in a storm and end up at the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, as he unveils his new creation: Rocky, a Frankenstein-esque monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man complete “with blond hair and a tan”.

Original cast, circa 1973

The show was later moved to several other locations throughout London and ran successfully through September 13, 1980.

In 1975, the film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was released based on the musical. Produced by Lou Adler and Michael White, directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf as “Eddie”, it remains a cult classic.

Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab…

—SM

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