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They Grow Up So Fast (*Sniff*)

Rocky_horror_devotees We perhaps are taking parental involvement and support too far when we deliver two Rocky Horror Picture Show virgins up to be sacrificed at the Bellevue Theater in Upper Montclair on a Saturday night, going so far as to find Rocky Horror virgin websites on the internet, read an article on Rocky Horror etiquette aloud to them like something from Mother Goose, and then drive them there in the family car. A mother knows that she has really crossed over the line when she prints out a page of a Rocky Horror participation script for them to study on the way there, only to discover that it contains all the potty-mouthed language she has been trying to prevent for years.Rocky_horror_virgini_3 At least we didn't sew up some little Rocky Horror bustiers to wear, or pack them little Rocky Horror totes filled with rice. And though it looked like a lot of fun, we didn't dare suggest we come along and watch too. We did kid about it, but they knew we were joking.

Face it, even she would look like an old lady in this crowd, and she was in it. Oh, to be young and wearing fishnets again!

July 10, 2005 in Cute as Hell | Permalink


What is the Rocky Horror Show? Does it cost as much as any other movie? It seems ironic that people would be willing to pay $9 at Bellevue to see a movie that cost only slightly more to make. However, as indicated by my opening sentence, I have never seen the show and might be willing to if I could have a preview. Thanks for any insight available.

Posted by: Jack | Jul 10, 2005 10:13:32 PM

"Don't dream it, be it"

Posted by: hrhppg | Jul 11, 2005 9:21:07 AM

"Let's do the Time Warp again!"

And again, and again and again!

Posted by: Miss Martta | Jul 11, 2005 10:17:22 AM

What is the Rocky Horror Show?

One is reminded of the ancient rubric here ... For those who know, no explanation is necessary; for the others, no explanation is sufficient.

And may I say, God, I feel old.

Posted by: Kirk | Jul 11, 2005 11:18:46 AM

So, what is next, Ms. Barista? The Grateful Dead are no more (unless you count the cover bands); I am not aware of a schedule for Woodstock III (the DVD?); and I heard on 'BGO last week that it was the 40th anniversary of the forming of the Jefferson Airplane. Rites of Passage are strange, indeed: unclear whether they are for the initiates or the previously initiated.

Posted by: conan the grammarian | Jul 11, 2005 11:32:03 AM

For those who really don't know, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult movie classic from the 1970's, full of irony, kitsch and transvestite themes. For years, kids have been going to midnight shows, dressing up, throwing rice at the screen and basically acting the whole thing out.

Posted by: The Barista | Jul 11, 2005 11:43:54 AM

It's also long served as an emotional outlet for people who, for one reason or another, don't have conventional social obligations ("dates") on Saturday night. Which many others might logically find scary, given the movie was a notorious financial flop when it was first released.

Posted by: cathar | Jul 11, 2005 1:52:32 PM

The Rocky Horror Show was a very successful stage musical before it was made into a film = The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tim Curry originated the role of Frank N Furter, and its even been said that they film wouldn't have been made without him because the huge fan base wouldn't have liked it.

The film didn't do well with mainstream audiences, but midnight audiences kept showing up and have been since 1975.

When Cinema 23 was still one big theater it used to have midnight showings, that were wild parties, with lots of great people, better then any date, as a date is just you and a guy, Rocky Horror was you, all your friends, and dozens of new friends not yet met.

The Broadway version from a few years back was a great combination of the stage version – with the modern audience participation element from the film. Sadly, it was one of the many shows that didn’t survive the impact 9/11 had on Broadway.

Posted by: hrhppg | Jul 11, 2005 4:24:24 PM

One of my strangest (and therefore best) memories of Rocky Horror was seeing it in college. Because the students came from different cities and states, about 20% of the calls were different. So only a subset of the audience would say them and sometimes there would be 2 different calls for the same line or the same call at different spots in the movie. It made it a new experience for everyone for whom it was an old one.

Posted by: eleVate | Jul 12, 2005 12:52:59 AM

I have vague memories of dressing up like Magenta at a college showing many moons ago. Thanks for dredging that up, Barista! :-)

Posted by: Miss Martta | Jul 12, 2005 10:46:50 AM

I run Rocky Horror at the Bellevue Theatre. Thanks for the post about us.

If you guys have any questions about the show please check out our website:
http://www.homeofhappiness.com. And deffinately check out our (slightly in need of an update) FAQ page.

Don't dream it, be it!

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