Last night, Rocky Horror Picture Show was performed at the 35th anniversary tribute at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. True Blood’s Queen Sophie Anne, Evan Rachel Wood played the role of Magenta, as seen below:
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is, of course, a movie best seen not in the privacy of your own home on DVD but rather screened in a theater with an accompanying live “shadowcast” of devotees who know what they’re doing. Especially when they’re doing, say, the Time Warp.
Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito shared the role of the Criminologist on Thursday at the Wiltern Theatre, where a tribute to “RHPS” raised cash for the Painted Turtle, one of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Foundation camps for kids with serious medical conditions (almost 13,000 kids and their family members from around California have enjoyed the Painted Turtle treatment since 2004). The event combined the film version with select live musical performances.
Joining in the pantomime were “Glee” teacher and student Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, destined to lock lips as Brad and Janet (PTC, are you paying attention? If you missed it, see the scandalous picture below! Oh, the antici … SAY IT! … pation); Jorge Garcia of “Lost” as Eddie, a role taken on by many gladiators of stage and screen; Lucas Grabeel of the “High School Musical” franchise as Riff Raff; “The Office’s” Melora Hardin as Columbia; George Lopez as Dr. Scott (“Great Scott!”); Evan Rachel Wood as Magenta; “Dancing With the Stars” champ Nicole Scherzinger as Trixie; Ricki Lake as a Transylvanian; and Julian McMahon doing a little “Nip/Tuck” to fit into the garter belt of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a scientist. (Click on the picture of Michele above to launch a gallery of images from the event.)
Original Frank-N-Furter Curry joined his alter-ego on stage to do the Time Warp along with Bostwick and the tribute cast. Bostwick, you may recall, just had a cameo in the “RHPS” episode of Michele and Morrison’s “Glee,” playing a TV station manager alongside the original Eddie, Meat Loaf. (Click here to see video from the Wiltern performance, featuring DeVito, a singing Scherzinger, Garcia and the many others from the cast.)
In the video below, as Trixie, Nicole Scherzinger delivered “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” joining a star-studded “shadowcast” that went multiple layers deep, resulting in the production’s many Magentas, Rockys and others. “Glee” stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele were one incarnation of Brad and Janet, and Jack Nicholson shared DeVito’s Criminologist role.
Photo credits: Lea Michele as Janet in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 35th anniversary tribute Oct. 28, 2010, at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
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