They'll all be there, Tom Hewitt, Dick Cavett, Lea DeLaria, et al...well, all but one. Rocker Joan Jett reportedly "could not come to terms" with producers over her involvement in the original cast recording of Jordan Roth's revival of The Rocky Horror Show.
So, when the recording takes place at 2:30 PM on March 12 at the Clinton Recording Studios in Manhattan, Jett's part will be covered by her understudy, Kristen Lee Kelly. Because Jett was a gem of credibility in Rocky's Broadway revival-meets-rock-show context, her absence from the cast recording can be explained and even compensated for—but it will always be felt.
Jett's musical style has always been rebellious in the defiant tradition of rock and roll and the idea of her not being able to "come to terms" over the Rocky cast recording is not particularly surprising. For Jett to hang tough in business conjures her long history in the record business. Jett's career dates back to the '70s when, as a teen artist with her band, The Runaways, she was first attached to the noted Los Angeles record producer Kim Fowley. The head-spinning success and notoriety of that era in rock music no doubt helped season Jett as a "professional" artist, and the experience undoubtedly influenced her business decisions: Jett has maintained a consistent record in the ever-changing music business and has been with her manager, Kenny Laguna (Blackheart Records) for two decades. A call to Laguna at Blackheart was not returned by press time.
The Rocky cast album will be released on RCA Records. The producer will be Jeffrey Lesser and the album will be engineered by Ed Rak.
As reported earlier, producer Jordan Roth's revival of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show opened Nov. 15 at Circle in the Square. The show started previews Oct. 20. Jordan Roth's revival of the cult musical, The Rocky Horror Show, features an eclectic cast comprising Dick Cavett (Into the Woods, Otherwise Engaged, television's "The Dick Cavett Show"), Lea DeLaria (On the Town, Chicago, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, "The First Wives Club"), Joan Jett (her Broadway debut), Jarrod Emick (Damn Yankees, Miss Saigon), Raul Esparza (Evita, Slaughterhouse 5), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Two Sisters and a Piano, Flawless ), Alice Ripley (Side Show, James Joyce's The Dead, King David, Les Miz, Sunset Boulevard) and Tom Hewitt (Disney's The Lion King, Art School for Scandal, The Sisters Rosensweig, Jeffrey).
O'Brien's 1975 musical stars comedienne-actress-singer DeLaria as Eddie/Dr. Scott, rocker Jett as Columbia, author-actor-talk show host Cavett as the narrator, Hewitt as Frank 'n' Furter, Rubin-Vega as Magenta, Ripley as Janet, Emick as Brad and Esparza as Riff Raff.
The production team, under director Christopher Ashley comprises choreographer Jerry Mitchell (The Full Monty, Hedwig, Jeffrey, Jam on the Groove), scenic designer David Rockwell (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theatre, Mohegan Sun Casino, Cirque Du Soliel Theatres), lighting designer Paul Gallo (Titanic, Smokey Joe's Cafe), costume designer David Woolard (Damn Yankees,The Who's Tommy, The Donkey Show, "A Few God Men"), sound designer Richard Fitzgerald, musical director Henry Aronson and orchestrations by Doug Katsaros (Footloose).
Director Christopher Ashley (Drama Dept.'s Communicating Doors, As Thousands Cheer and Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life at the New York Theatre Workshop) helms the show. Producer Jordan Roth is the son of producer Daryl Roth (Wit, Three Tall Women and The Bomb-itty of Errors) and himself the producer of the Off-Broadway hit, The Donkey Show.
The original video design for Rocky Horror was done by Linda Batwin and Robin Silvestri, co-creative directors at Batwin + Robin Productions. Working with scenic designer David Rockwell and director Ashley, Batwin and Silvestri provided “original video acts as a dynamic set piece transforming the stage into a wedding chapel in the country, a rainy backwoods road and present day Times Square.”
Over the years, the stage and film versions of the show have engendered a strong fan base, which, despite its size, has been described as a cult following.
The stage version of the show ran on Broadway for about one month in 1975. The film version, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," was also released in 1975 and was directed by Jim Sharman. The film featured many members of the Broadway cast and starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Jonathan Adams, Meatloaf, Little Nell (Campbell), Charles Gray and Patricia Quinn.
Roth's current Off-Broadway show, The Donkey Show, was adapted from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. His mother's recent production, The Bomb-itty of Errors, was based on the Bard's Comedy of Errors.
Tickets are $30-$79.50. Circle in the Square is located at 1633 Broadway, on W. 50 St. For tickets call Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200.