- $16 for general admission (up to $24.10 value)
Phoenix Theater Presents The Rocky Horror Show
Long before audiences began flinging toast and dancing the Time Warp at midnight screenings nationwide, an out-of-work English actor named Richard O’Brien penned The Rocky Horror Show as a way to stay busy on winter nights. The script was a ludicrous-yet-loving homage to sci-fi and B-movies, following archetypal squares Brad and Janet as they spent a night in the castle of the mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter. There, the couple encountered their gender-bending host’s minions: Riff Raff, the decrepit butler; Eddie, the rock-and-roller; and Rocky, the Frankenstein-esque golden boy.
But while the script might have started as a way to pass the time, the show’s irreverent spirit and catchy soundtrack soon turned it into a pond-crossing phenomenon. In this stage production, audiences get the chance to interact with the cult classic in a way that celluloid can’t provide, whether they’re trading quips with the Narrator or seeing three dimensions without glasses.
After serving as a Methodist church for more than a century, Trinity-on-Main was set for the wrecking ball. Despite the grandeur of its 108-foot granite tower, its intricate stained glass windows, and its neck-straining ceilings, it seemed that the historic structure would be reclaimed. That is, however, until the New Britain community stepped in to save it. With their support and direction, the church became a haven for the town’s cultural scene, and today hosts events ranging from theater productions to poetry readings.
69 Main St.
New Britain, CT 06051