'Rocky Horror Picture Show' draws heavyweights
Sal Piro, prexy of the RHPS Fan Club, kicked off Thursday’s one-night-only benefit perf of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at L.A.’s Wiltern Theater. Maybe it was only hyperbole, but Piro claimed that it would be his 3,500th screening of the cult pic, which preemed 35 years ago. He then led the audience in calling guest Jami Gertz “a slut” (fave term for Janet) and guest Burt Bacharach “an asshole” (fave term for Brad).
Since the gala raised money for the Painted Turtle, one of Paul Newman’s A Hole in the Wall Camps, the perf brought out some pretty big stars. Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito alternated in the role of the narrator. While most of the songs were lip-synched to the film, which played simultaneously with the live perf, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison delivered their Janet and Brad vocals live. George Lopez, Jorge Garcia, Julian McMahon and Lucas Grabeel were also seen making brief perfs under Kenny Ortega’s direction, which had Janet and Brad servicing Frank-N-Furter in ways that Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick never dreamed of.
But hold on to your black leather corset. Tim Curry made a surprise visit at show’s end. Talk about absolute pleasure!