Heâ€™s O.K.: â€˜Rocky Horrorâ€™ Creator Given Residency in New Zealand
By DAVE ITZKOFF
Talk about your celluloid jams: at the start of the summer, Richard Oâ€™Brien, the author and composer of the cross-dressing cult classic â€œThe Rocky Horror Showâ€ (and its midnight movie incarnation, â€œThe Rocky Horror Picture Showâ€) applied for residency in New Zealand, where he planned to retire to the coastal town of Katikati. But like a statuesque man-monster climbing a small replica of the RKO Pictures tower, the British-born Mr. Oâ€™Brien, 68, was shot down: New Zealand immigration officials said he did not meet the criteria, which include being age 55 or under and having a job offer.
After the decision prompted protests (and spawned a Facebook group that attracted more than 3,600 members) New Zealand authorities have reversed the decision, and Mr. Oâ€™Brien will soon be permitted to retire to that nationâ€™s moon-drenched shores and sing and dance the Time Warp there once more. Dion Smart, Mr. Oâ€™Brienâ€™s immigration adviser, told Agence France-Presse: â€œTheyâ€™ve given him residency. His passport will be stamped this week.â€
Mr. Oâ€™Brien, who lived in New Zealand as a teenager in the 1950s and 1960s, and who has been honored in the town of Hamilton with a statue in the likeness of his â€œRocky Horrorâ€ character, Riff Raff, did not immediately comment on the decision. But weâ€™ll assume Dr. Frank-N-Furterâ€™s mantra of â€œDonâ€™t dream it, be it,â€ applies here.http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/