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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MPAL Exhibits 2020-2021: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Documents exhibits at the Music and Performing Arts Library during the 2020-2021 academic year.

About This Exhibit

"Let's do the Time Warp again!"  This year marks the 45th anniversary of the classic musical comedy horror film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", produced by Lou Alder.  This film was adapted from the 1973 musical "The Rocky Horror Show" written by Richard O'Brien.

Aside from being the longest running theatrical release in history, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is also famous for its audience interaction and live cast simultaneously acting out the film during screenings.

Due to COVID-19, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is running mostly in drive-in theaters in 2020.  This way, audience members can still enjoy the film, cosplay as their favorite characters and shout familiar callbacks.

This exhibit contains resources about the 1973 musical stage show and the 1975 film.  Examples include the film and stage show's influences on modern audiences, interviews with the main cast and alludes to Richard O'Brien and Lou Adler's additional works.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Selected Items

Online items are available for immediate access. Physical items can be requested through the library catalog for pick-up.