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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Production Studio

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Production Studio

Lou Adler-Michael White Production

It's possible that the dynamic duo of Lou Adler and Michael White know every celebrity on the planet. Forget six degrees of Kevin Bacon. These guys are one degree from an eclectic mix of famous folk, from Carole King and Jack Nicholson to Margaret Thatcher and Cheech & Chong.

How do they have such incredible connections? Easy: Lou Adler's a music producer with a career more colorful than the rainbow goo Frank-N-Furter uses to bring Rocky to life. As a music producer, he jumpstarted the careers of the Mamas and the Papas, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. When he saw the stage production of The Rocky Horror Show, he bought the rights and produced it in the United States with Michael White. (Source)

Michael White was the producer of The Rocky Horror Show, and co-producing the film adaptation led him to continue producing films like Monty Python and the Holy Grail and A Chorus Line. He was also quite the party animal, even attending the opening of the infamous Studio 54. (Source)

One person White isn't partying with, though, is former buddy Lou Adler. He alleges in The Last Impresario, a documentary about himself, that Adler took advantage of him when acquiring the North American rights to Rocky Horror. He had to sell of many of his assets to recoup the losses. (Source)

But don't be too upset about that. The man had plenty of other projects and buckets of cash, making him about as broke as Hillary Clinton. (Source)

That same documentary calls Michael White "the most famous person you've never heard of." Now that you know who he is, you can prove them wrong.

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