Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 | 3:25 p.m.
Men in drag and lipstick. Women fearing the worst for Brad and Janet at the hands of the mad, pansexual, cross-dressing scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter while lab-creating his muscle man Rocky Horror.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which dates back to 1973 and turned into a cult phenomenon with the 1975 movie, gets a one-night outing tonight at Tropicana with the cast of “Wicked” from the Smith Center for the Performing Arts trading the costumes of Oz for the spiked heels of “Horror.”
Nicole Parker (Elphaba), Patti Murin (Glinda), Kim Zimmer (Madame Morrible) and Justin Brill (Boq), plus, the cast, band and touring staff join together to raise funds for our local Golden Rainbow HIV/AIDS organization and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To date, “Wicked” has raised more than $2 million for the cause.
In 2002, I took over Dick Cavett’s role as the narrator on Broadway for a two-week guest run, and although exhausting writing a new five-minute opening monologue every night and running around a theater for two hours, it was a great and fun experience despite falling off the stage in heels the first night I dressed drag and lost my balance!
I followed in the high heels of Rio headliner Penn Jillette, and talk-show titan Jerry Springer followed me. I have a feeling that tonight will come with just as much merry-making mischief as the crowd does the “Time Warp.”
The “Wicked” cast in their “Horror” outfits will meet with supporters before and after the show. Our friends at “Wicked” continue their incredibly successful run at Smith Center through Oct. 7.
Incidentally, “Rocky Horror” still holds the record as the longest-running release in cinematic history, and the show has played everywhere globally, including Norway, Iceland, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, Peru and the Philippines.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.The Tropicana's five-acre pool complex stretches throughout the center of the the hotel/casino and remains it's most recognizable feature. It features swim-up blackjack during the summer months, a swim-up bar, dining areas and a wedding chapel. The Tropicana is also home to Brad Garrett's Comedy Club. For pre-show dining, take advantage of one the casino’s dinner and a show packages or just head over to Cafe Nikki, Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine or Bacio Pasta & Vino.