Tim Curry, one of our community's best friends, suffered a major stroke last night at home, just a few miles from where he mesmerized audiences decades earlier on the Sunset Strip as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Rocky Horror Show.
The play opened at The Roxy Theatre in 1974 and ran for nine months. Lou Adler, Elmer Valentine and David Geffen opened The Roxy in 1973, and over the years it has morphed into one of the most prestigious showcase stages on the planet.
Written by Richard O'Brien, (Riff Raff in the play and movie), The Rocky Horror Show made instant stars out of Curry and Meat Loaf. It was must-see theater unlike anything that was being performed at the time at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Elvis was even a fan of the play, seeing the show 10 times. Paramount got wind of the phenomenon and in 1975 produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The movie is still playing today in art houses around the world.
British born Curry is 67 and is said to be comfortable and "doing great."