The Rocky Horror Show – The Cult Classic Is Back!
An electrifying brand-new production of the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical, Richard O’Brien’s: The Rocky Horror Show, has hit Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre and will be rocking audiences until 26th August.
Starring the much-loved theatre, film and television stars Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson as Frank N’ Furter and the Narrator, respectively, this show has some serious star power. Joining Todd and Shane on stage is Kristian Lavercombe as everyone’s favourite Riff Raff (having played the role over 1200 times), musical theatre favourites Amanda Harrison (Wicked, We Will Rock You) as Magenta, Nadia Komazec (Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera) as Columbia, Brendan Irving (The Bodyguard, An Officer and A Gentleman) as Rocky and James Bryers (Matilda The Musical, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancin’) as Eddie/Dr Scott.
Playing the roles of Brad and Janet, the naïve young couple caught up in a situation they don’t understand, are Rob Mallett (Les Misérables, Singin’ In The Rain) and Michelle Smitheram (Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, Georgy Girl).
The Rocky Horror Show is one of theatre’s most endearing and outrageously fun shows. It premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973, quickly developing a cult following, and was adapted into the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has the longest-running release in film history.
Classic songs from The Rocky Horror Show include Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet, I Can Make You A Man, Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me, Over At The Frankenstein Place and, of course, The Time Warp.
The show is simply hilarious. The talent of the leads in building a playful actor/audience relationship is a highlight with plenty of adlibbed moments that will leave your sides splitting from laughter. The set looks great and the costumes are very good (when the actors are actually wearing them as there are a lot of bare legs and chests showing throughout the performance). The lighting truly captures the rock-show feel of the performance and sets the mood very well for what is an epic performance by the cast and band. Whilst all the performers are fantastic, Todd McKenney deserves some serious applause for his rendition of Frank N’ Furter. His performance is simply electric. We all know he can dance and sing but he is very playful in the role and his comic timing is simply exceptional.
Do not miss seeing this amazing new production of The Rocky Horror Show!
By Michael Kent
Her Majesty’s Theatre
219 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Dates and times
12/07/2018 to 26/08/2018
Tue: 7.30pm – 10pm
Wed: 7.30pm – 10pm
Thu: 7.30pm – 10pm
Fri: 7.30pm – 10pm
Sat: 2pm – 4.30pm, 7.30pm – 10pm
Sun: 1.30pm – 4pm, 5.30pm – 7pm
How to get there
Public Transport Victoria