Saturday, November 1, 2008

Oh, the Horror.

I didn't see the Rocky Horror Picture show the last time it played at the Englert, ten years ago. In fact, I hadn't seen it all. Ever. I can count on one hand the number of people I know who can say the same thing.

After seeing - or rather, experiencing - it tonight at the Englert, I get what all the fuss is about:

It's a football game. A music festival. A political rally.
It's a shared social experience. You have to be there to really get it and understand it. It's less about what's happening on screen, and more about what's happening around you.

Duh. This is surely not news for those who have seen it one or one hundred times, and it's what I had always heard. But still - seeing it? Yeah, I get it.

It's hard not to be impressed by the allegiance of the fans, their depth of knowledge about what and when to scream, and their willingness to give 30-year-ago Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry a run for their money in the campy sexpot department.

Around 400 people turned out. Everyone was cool, got into it, no problems, the Riff Raff guys did great, staff and Transylvanians alike threw down to clean up afterwards... I think one person puked, but other than that the cleanup was all dry goods.

I think it was a big success, and I hope we do it again.

Check out some pictures here.


Anonymous said...

At $15 to watch a DVD, my friends and I skipped the event. What a rip.

Not too mention the Englert often charges more for the same concerts that cost less in Chicago or the Twin Cities.

Sean Fredericks said...

Ha! Nice anonymous comment, Anonymous. Hope you and your friends had a good Halloween. Give me a call sometime or shoot me an email, and I'd be happy to talk about ticket prices.