After highly successful runs in both London and Los Angeles, The Rocky Horror Show was ready to make the leap to Broadway at the 967-seat Belasco Theatre in New York City. Most of the performers and even the stage crew from the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles were transferring with the show, and Richard O'Brien was coming back to reprise his role as Riff Raff. Advertising materials stated "Give our regards to Broadway and tell them we're on our way! -Rocky". Filming of the show's film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, had been completed and it was thought that a successful Broadway run would help catapult the film to success. The Broadway stage musical had previews on March 7th-9th, 1975, officially opened on March 10th, 1975, and after disappointing reviews closed less than a month later on April 5th, 1975 after just 45 performances. It would not return to Broadway until over twenty-five years later, when a revival was staged at Circle in the Square Theatre. Despite the disastrous run, it did still manage to pick up a few award nominations: one Tony nomination (Best Lighting Design, Chipmonck) and three Drama Desk Award nominations (Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Tim Curry; Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Boni Enten; Unique Theatrical Experience, Lou Adler).
OPENING NIGHT CAST
* denotes cast and crew for The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Show Live Recordings - 1975 Broadway Cast [ All sound files contributed by Justin "Muzzle" Carpenter ]
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