Jodi so loves Jackson Gatlin, the lead singer of The Regulators, that she ends up dragging him home after his concert. Oops. The thing is, the famous Jackson is sick of being famous, sick of the celebrity life. Now he doesn’t want to leave Jodi’s garage. It’s up to Jodi (and her best friend Mac) to launch Project Celebrity Cold Turkey to save Jackson from his own success.
The fire behind Jodi’s determination comes from her grandfather, who gave her the advice: “Don’t Dream It, Be It.” Obviously, Grandpa was a Rocky Horror Show fan, which premiered as a stage play in London, 1973. Two years later, it was developed into a film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The rest is truly history; TRHPS is the longest running theatrical release in film history.
This film plays a small role in my personal history that testifies to its endurance. In 1977, I was studying theatre in college when a good friend of mine came back from London with a cast recording of The Rocky Horror Show. Without seeing the movie, my circle of drama friends fell in love with the songs. It was a big deal when The Rocky Horror Picture Show played briefly in my hometown. Thanks to the flexibility of the youthful brain, I remember every word.
So it’s no surprise that there are Grandpas out there quoting song lyrics from that strangely appealing movie. After all, Tim Curry is 67 years old. Dr. Frank-N-Furter, on the other hand, is as saucy as ever.
This video clip is from the production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. “Don’t Dream It, Be It” is playing in the background.
-Diane Colson, currently listening to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu