Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Rocky Horror Show,' Live and Very Lively

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Rocky Horror Show,' Live and Very Lively

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Byline: Laura Capitano

"Hot patootie, bless my soul!" I chose a musical as this Weekend's Happening. It's not an action you'll likely see again from me, but I've found that when The Rocky Horror Show LIVE! calls, you best jump (to the left) and accept the charges.

One toe-tapper after another in that spectacle. I've been singing Hot Patootie ever since.

Note: There is no Tim Curry or Meat Loaf at these performances. The Rocky Horror Show LIVE! is Richard O'Brien's full-on stage show that hit London in 1973. Chancey Productions brought the show to Riverside with a totally entertaining and energetic cast who can sing and dance the heck out of those show tunes. You should hear the woman who played Magenta/Usherette. She kills it! And if you're lucky, she'll sit on your lap and sing to you.

For the uninitiated, the show's plot presents your typical horror motifs: Brad and Janet, a shy young couple stranded in the rain with car trouble happen upon the lab of Mad Scientist Frank-n-Further, transvestite, Transylvanian, and his motley crew. Singing, dancing (particularly impressive moves by men in platform boots), sex and death ensue as the young couple tries to escape the clutches of these highly musical Hot Topic rejects. This show is seriously rated R, dudes. Kid-free zone.

An added perk of going out to enjoy Rocky Horror's fishnet and harmonies is seeing the newly renovated 5 Points Theatre. It's mighty spacious and clean in there, and every seat, be it main floor, balcony, church pew or tableside, is close enough to the stage. However, the way the stage projects into the audience, you do risk being splashed with the wayward sweat of frenzied performers if you're up close.

Whether you're a lifelong fan or a "virgin," as Rocky Horrorphiles refer to first-time show-goers, you'll find what you're looking for. There's the sit-back-and-listen-quietly early performance at 8 p. …

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