What's the Difference between The Rocky Horror Show the Play and The Rocky Horror Picture Show the Movie?


The Rocky Horror Show

Released: 1973
Playwrite: Richard O'Brien

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Released: 1975
Director: Jim Sharman
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In the Play In the Movie
Dr. Frank N. Furter
Dr. Frank N. Furter
Portrayed by: Tim Curry
Brad Majors
Brad Majors
Portrayed by: Barry Bostwick
Janet Weiss
Janet Weiss
Portrayed by: Susan Sarandon
Portrayed by: Richard O'Brien
Portrayed by: Patricia Quinn
Portrayed by: Little Nell (Nell Campbell)
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Portrayed by: Jonathan Adams
Portrayed by: Meatloaf
Rocky Horror
Rocky Horror
Portrayed by: Peter Hinwood
The Criminologist
Portrayed by: Charles Gray
This Character does not appear.
The Transylvanians
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Play vs Movie
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In the Play In the Movie
   The opening Song, "Science Fiction Double Feature" is sung by a female usherette character. The opening song is sung by pair of disembodied giant lips and during opening credits.
   The characters of The Usherette and Magenta are played by the same actress. The Usherette doesn't exist in the movie.
   The song "Over at the Frankenstein Place" has 3 verses, each sung solo first by Janet, then Brad, then Riff-Raff. The Song "Over at the Frankenstein Place" has 2 verses. Brad's verse isn't included.
   Frank's appearance and his song "Sweet Transvestite" happen before "Time Warp." "Time Warp" is performed first before Frank's appearance and the his song "Sweet Transvestite." (Became the official stage version order from the 1990 revival and onward.)
   The Transylvanians don't exist. There is a chorus of incidental characters known as the Transylvanians.
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