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A 40th anniversary toast to 'The Rocky Horror Show'

July 4, 2013


July 04--In its 40 years, "The Rocky Horror Show" has built a loyal -- and royal -- legion of fans.

Princess Diana once asked to meet Tim Curry because she loved his portrayal as Dr. Frank N. Furter, the "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania."

In an interview with NPR, Curry recalled his receiving-line meeting with Diana and Prince Charles.

The prince vaguely recognized Curry from seeing him "on television."

But with a "wicked smile," Princess Diana told Curry that "Rocky Horror" had "quite completed my education."

As it has for every fan who knows every word to every song in the show.

Time flies when you're holding a newspaper over your head. It has been 40 years since the debut of the stage musical that begat the 1975 movie starring Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf.

(Trivia break: Mick Jagger reportedly wanted to play Dr. Frank N. Furter in the movie, and Steve Martin auditioned for the role of Brad.)

Marking the musical's anniversary, Steven Eubank, artistic director of Egads! Theatre Company, is directing his fourth "Rocky Horror" production.

The show runs through July 13 at the Off Center Theatre on the third level of Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd.

And just as you do at the midnight movie screenings, you can come in costume. But leave the rice and water pistols at home; prop kits will be available at the theater.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, and at 8 p.m. July 11, 12 and 13, with an additional 11 p.m. show on July 13.

Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 816-842-9999 or go to

And one more bit of trivia ...

The story goes that one night at a midnight screening of the movie in New York, one patron was asked to leave before the film ended.

Said patron was accused of being an imposter.

Said patron was Tim Curry.

Dammit, Janet.

Harmonies of the Homefront

Hear how music kept the home fires burning during the Great War in this new multimedia exhibit at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St. See sheet music from the museum's archives, listen to recordings on an iPad and play a 1912 upright piano. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (summer hours). With museum admission. 816-888-8100.

Cowtown Mallroom

We'd rather lie on a hill of fire ants than hit the mall on the crowded weekends. So you might find us here, at the old Cowtown Ballroom, 3101 Gillham Plaza, which every Sunday hosts vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, furniture, records, art, etc. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

To reach Lisa Gutierrez, call 816-234-4987 or send email to


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