January 2001 News
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A Tough Act
JOAN JETT is peering into a mirror backstage at the Circle in the Square Theater, coating her eyes with thick black liner and peacock-green shadow. Her head, gleaming and bald as a marble egg, is freshly shaved. Chains dangle from her wrists, and bent nails pierce her ear lobes. Black leather pants wrap her legs, and jackboots encase her feet.
'THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW' IS A BANAL RITUAL
NEW YORK -- If you like rock 'n roll, MTV or drag shows, you'll love this revival of "The Rocky Horror Show." If you're looking for cleverness or wit, look elsewhere. As a friend of mine said, "The Rocky Horror show is not for those of us who were there the first time around." That's when the 1975 cult movie classic played midnight showings in towns and colleges around the country, and fans memorized the lines so they could shout and act them out in sync with the actors on the screen. (The original was a London stage show.)
GREAT NEWS FROM THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW was just named one of the year's top ten best shows by NEWSDAY, THE STAR LEDGER and THE BERGEN RECORD--and to celebrate, we've got great new prices! Now, on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 8, or Sunday at 7, many of the best seats in the house are only $49.50! This way, even more people can come get WARPED on a WEEKNIGHT! Cheap thrills just don't come any cheaper than that!
Come see DICK CAVETT, LEA DELARIA, JARROD EMICK, ALICE RIPLEY, DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA AND TOM HEWITT AS "FRANK 'N' FURTER" IN the TOP-TEN BEST OF THE YEAR blockbuster. As the DAILY NEWS says, "ROCKY ROCKS!!!" Call TELE-CHARGE NOW 212-239-6200 or visit www.rockyhorrorlive.com!
All purchases subject to availability and prior sale. New prices not applicable to prior purchases. Valid only for specified performances; not applicable Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 5 & 9:45, or Sundays at 2. Telephone orders subject to standard Tele-charge service fees. No refunds or exchanges. Some restrictions apply. Producer reserves the right to limit the number of tickets available at this price. Ticket-prices may change at any time.
CHILLING, THRILLING, AND FULFILLING: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
"Warning: Do not throw stuff at the stage!" reads the sign to patrons descending into the Circle in the Square's lobby, decorated with faux stone walls, red lighting and vendors hawking $10 "Audience Participation Bags." The bags contain a flashlight (no lighters or water pistols please), confetti, feather boa and even a condom. It's clear we're not talking Miss Saigon here. Distinguished designer David Rockwell's macabre motif continues throughout this latest production of The Rocky Horror Show, the most exquisite and expensive ever. Trance beats pulsate and beams of brilliant light illuminate expectant faces in the crowd. Two hours, sixteen songs, and one floorshow later, after the reprise of "Science Fiction Double Feature," there's nary an unsatisfied creature of the night in the debris-strewn theater.
For those who've never thrown rice at the midnight movie or yelled "slut!" at a shivering celluloid Susan Sarandon, The Rocky Horror Show, which debuted on stage in London in 1973, has since transformed into the ultimate cult film. Devoted fans, for whom Halloween comes once a week, dress in the fishnets, sequins or hunchback of their favorite character, sing and dance in the aisles and loose track of how many Friday nights they've spent acting like Ziggy Stardust's worst nightmare. The Broadway version has been slyly revised to reflect concerns about safe sex among other things (Frank 'N' Furter gleefully tosses a condom over his shoulder after each successful seduction).
Story has never been the show's strong suit. And some things never change. What little there is of a plot is about a nerdy couple whose car breaks down one frightful night and the eerie, erotic misadventures they endure in the kinky castle of Transylvanian transvestite Frank 'N' Furter (played to the spike-heeled hilt by Tom Hewitt). As bad luck and taste would have it, Brad Majors (Tony Award winner Jarrod Emick) and Janet "Damn It!" Weiss (a very adequate Alice Ripley) have come inside the castle on a special night. (As if any of the nights are normal around the ol' Furter place.) Brad and Janet are introduced to a ghoulish gallery of Frank 'N' Furter's followers, including a butler named Riff Raff (played with the requisite relish the character commands by Raul Esparza), who turns out to be more master than servant by the show's end.
JOAN JETT Interview
Joan first gained notoriety as a member of the female rock 'n' roll band, the RUNAWAYS. After the RUNAWAYS broke up Joan went to England and while there she cut three songs with ex-Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones, two of which came out as a single in Holland only. (The third song was I Love Rock'n'Roll.)
During Joan's career, she's worked with the Sex Pistols, the Beach Boys, Paul Westerberg, L7 and Bikini Kill to name a few. She also produced the debut album by, the Germs and acted in a few movies, including one based on the RUNAWAYS (with actresses playing the rest of the band) called We're All Crazy Now! (Which was never released)
Click here to read entire interview.
NANCY SINATRA SINGS "I HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU"
Lucky lounge lovers lived large when lusty lady Nancy Sinatra brought her cabaret act to Bimbo's 365 club.
Now obviously, this requires a little explanation. How did this mild-mannered reporter find himself shaking his stuff on a ballroom floor with Frank Sinatra's daughter onstage, crooning to a crowd of geriatric has-been hotties?
Call it "The Kerri Factor." Living 350 miles away from your girlfriend is not easy. And knowing Nancy was one of my darling's heroes, I knew this concert would be a great excuse for Kerri to get behind the wheel and high-tail it up here for the weekend. And so it was.
JOAN JETT: ROCKER AND SPORTSFAN'S "UNFINISHED BUSINESS" COMBINES HER PASSIONS
from: BLACKHEART RECORDS
NEW YORK -- BLACKHEART RECORDS will release "Unfinished Business" on January 9. The 5-song EP is a collection of sports-related songs (three previously unreleased) recorded by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. The hard rocking Jett, currently appearing on Broadway as Columbia in "Rocky HorrorLive," has had a lifelong love affair with sports, as a fan and an athlete.
As a youngster in Maryland, she became a hardcore fan of theBaltimore Orioles and grew up playing sandlot sports and riding.
"Joan can ride really well," said KENNY LAGUNA, Jett's manager and partner in BLACKHEART RECORDS. "She can jump a horse, and she's an unbelievable baseball player."
from: The Aquarian
While many of us were a wee bit too young to experience the RUNAWAYS' glory run, very few can deny having growled at some point the catch phrases "I don't give a damn about my Bad Reputation" or "I Love Rock and Roll."
The force behind these axioms is JOAN JETT, a performer credited with being among the first to fuse estrogen with attitude. True, her days of No. 1 songs and "Jett mania" may have passed since she last hit the charts with "Little Liar" in the late '80s,but she's stayed true to her craft.
Among her successes are her own record company and a DIY work ethic that allows her to set the pace of her career, neither of which are small feats.
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