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
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The Transylvanians
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Play vs Movie
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In the Play In the Movie
   Original Lyrics of "The Charles Atlas Song" ("I Can Make You a Man") New and changed lyrics for "The Charles Atlas Song" ("I Can Make You a Man"). (This version became part of the stage version since the 1990 revival).
   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 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 laboratory "slab" that Rocky is created on is a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine cooler. Rocky is created in an immersion tank in Frank's laboratory.
   The characters of Eddie and Dr. Scott are played by the same actor, reinforcing their nephew/uncle relationship. (Still traditionally done.) Eddie and Dr. Scott are played by different actors.
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