In 2010 during the second season, the folks over at “Glee” decided to do an extraordinary tribute episode complete with an EP release called, “Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show.”
The most exciting part of all, Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick, guest-starred as their original characters! With Brad and Eddie both on board, hardcore Rocky Horror fans were heartily indulged. Richard O’Brien made a point of chiming in to complain about the made-for-TV censoring. Sigh. That said, reviews were undoubtedly mixed.
Sharman Created a Role for Just for British Pop Singer Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull was supposed to play Magenta, a house servant of Dr. Frank, also Riff Raff’s sister. The domestic with Elvira-like hair was a brand-new character that the production team carved out from Columbia, Dr. Frank’s groupie, and lover played by Laura “Little Nell” Campbell. We love her best for her tap performance, which is, quite frankly, the actual reason Little Nell was cast.
When it turned out that Faithfull was on tour in India for the opening, the new part had to be filled. Patricia Quinn agreed to play Magenta so she could sing “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” and you know the rest.
Princess Di Gave the Film the Royal Nod
Tim Curry was shocked to learn that Princess Diana hoped to meet him backstage while he was performing in a different play in Vienna. To his delight, he was placed at the end of the receiving line so they could chat a bit. She proclaimed that she loved the movie and even said that the musical “quite completed my education.”
Curry likes to add; she flashed a “wicked smile” as she commented. Prince Charles (now King) was less impressed but confident he’d seen the actor on television. It must be imagined the princess was pretty keen on his accent choice!
Shadow casting is a term that will have you heading over to Urban Dictionary only to learn that midnight movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show" fans invented it. As part of their lively participation antics, one option is to dress up exactly like your favorite character and act out all their parts.
It's done in mime, so the actors onscreen can be heard. Often, in cities, theatre troupes organize a shadow cast performance staged just under the large silver screen. It’s truly a wonder. Fox let crash and burn at the box office because they didn’t like it is still attracting avid moviegoers.
Home Entertainment Releases
A home video release was available in the UK. In 1987. U.S. audiences had to wait until 1990 to purchase a VHS version. But at $89.95, only the most fervent fans could cover the coin. For the film’s 25th anniversary, 20th Century Fox introduced a DVD version. A Blu-ray came out for the 35th anniversary in 2010.
By the time the DVD release edged near in the late ‘90s, the cast had received zero royalties from any home video release. Susan Sarandon, for one, said she wasn’t about to contribute to Fox’s new DVD version without some sort of compensation. But that wasn't the end of this drama...