Great success in Rome for the legendary Rocky Horror Show

After Milan and Trieste, the musical of musicals has landed at the Olympic Theater in Rome. Confirming itself as a cult of the genre. Between transgression and irony

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Teatro Olimpico, Rome

One of the most loved and applauded shows ever made its debut at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome. 45 years old, over 30 countries, translations in at least 20 languages. A success with audiences and critics and a stellar cast. The direction is by Christopher Luscombewho signs this musical theater masterpiece considered “the mother of all musicals“.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Teatro Olimpico, Rome
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Teatro Olimpico, Rome

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT

The story of Rocky Horror does not begin with a film, but with a small theatrical production in a London theater on June 16, 1973. A small experimental theater with only sixty seats. In 1975 a film version was drafted which soon became the most screened film in the history of cinema. Finally, Richard O’Brien transforms the story into a successful musical, involving the spectators themselves in an audience participation, making them interact actively with themed disguises, lines played in response to those of the actors, and in a wild dance Time Warp at the bottom of the stage. After the Milanese and Trieste stages, the show, in its original language, concludes its successful tour in Rome. Despite the international cast, this version contemplates the participation of Greg (Claudio Gregori) as narrator, with his ironic, at times contemptuous style, which leads us on this grotesque journey between corsets and garters, which according to him “still skin the sensitivity of the average man and scream that before you judge something you have to live it“.
The Rocky Horror Show is one of the most popular cult of the genre: transgressive, funny, out of the box. The plot tells the vicissitudes of a couple from the American province who accidentally stumble upon the castle of the bizarre scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Beyond the sexually explicit clichés, this catchphrase is visually linked to some of the most famous works of art in 1930s America. Primarily American Gothic by Grant Wood, which the film version constantly parodies, to the point of inserting the same portrait behind the back of the servant Riff Raff before the rock and roll dance (Time Warp).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Teatro Olimpico, Rome
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Teatro Olimpico, Rome

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW AND ART

The Rocky Horror Show It is one of midnight movie for excellence, the Museum Lichtspiele in Munich has been reviving the film weekly since 1977, offering the public a special RHPS-Kit (Rocky Horror Picture Show Kit) to allow for appropriate audience participation: it contained a biscuit, rice, a whistle, a candle and paper instructions to perform the Time Warp. But the artistic reference imagery does not stop at American Gothic, archetypal figures, vampire monsters, Nazi scientists in disguise and laser-armed aliens are seamlessly inserted. Everything for denounce a repressive society, especially towards sexual freedom and disinhibition. It is no coincidence that the warning of the show is “don’t dream it, be itas if to echo Woody Allen’s famous maxim – “sex was the funniest thing i did without laughing“. The poster of the time itself had a reference to the film The sharkreciting the phrase “a different set of jaws”, With an ironic reference to one of the hottest films at the time. Refined and countless references of genre – in pure horror spirit – make up an unmissable show.

Michele Luca Nero

Great success in Rome for the legendary Rocky Horror Show