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'Glee' Meets 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show': Jack, DeVito and TV Cast to Pay Tribute at The Wiltern

Lou Adler
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Soon after a nine-month residency at The Roxy, the stage musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show debuted on the silver screen. With an ensemble cast of freaks, a transvestite protagonist and hedonistic sci-fi story line nobody could have predicted that 35 years after its premiere, Rocky Horror would still be in limited release -- the longest-running theatrical release in history. It quickly gained a cult following when midnight screenings became popular in the mid-to-late '70s. You can observe the madness for yourself at the Nuart on Santa Monica west of the 405 at midnight on any Saturday.

Lou Adler brought The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the American stage in 1974 where it thrived at Adler's Roxy Theatre. He also executive produced the film adaptation. Next Thursday, Adler is bringing a hybrid musical production of Rocky Horror to The Wiltern in tribute to the 35th anniversary of the movie's release, complete with a costume ball. The event is a fundraiser for The Painted Turtle, Adler's summer camp for children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses. He spoke with us last week from his Malibu offices.

LAist: How did the process of organizing a 35th anniversary stage show come about?

Lou Adler: It's something I'd like to do every year on some scale, but it ends up happening about once every other year.

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My wife Page [Hannah] and I founded The Painted Turtle, one of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang camps for kids with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. This summer was our seventh year and because we have a budget of $4 million a year and nobody pays to go, we have to fundraise.