Since opening at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1973, the Rocky Horror Show has developed into a cult classic musical. It was adapated into a film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in 1975 and has the longest-running release in film history. Celebrating it's 40th anniversary, The Rocky Horror Show is set to return to Australia.
Joining television and theatre star Craig McLachlan in the new production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show will be a fresh, exciting and talented cast of Australia’s best musical theatre performers. Producers Howard Panter and John Frost announced cast members for the 2014 Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show, which opens in January at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane followed by seasons at the Crown Theatre, Perth in February, the Festival Theatre, Adelaide in March, and the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne in April.
The coveted role of Frank N Furter will be played by Craig McLachlan, fresh from shooting the title role in the second series of ABC TV’s top rating drama series The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Playing the roles of Janet and Brad, the naïve young couple caught up in a situation they don’t understand, will be musical theatre favourites Christie Whelan Browne (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Shane Warne The Musical) and Tim Maddren (Hi 5, The Addams Family.) Reprising his role as Riff Raff, Frank’s loyal handyman, which he played in New Zealand and the UK will be Kristian Lavercombe, while his sister Magenta will be played by Erika Heynatz, who was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her debut musical theatre role in Legally Blonde.
Columbia, the groupie in Frank’s entourage, will be played by Ashlea Pyke (Legally Blonde), and Eddie and Dr Scott will be Nicholas Christo (My Fair Lady). In his first leading role as Frank’s creation Rocky will be Brendan Irving (An Officer and a Gentleman). The Phantoms will be played by Vincent Hooper (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Luigi Lucente (Pippin, Wicked), Meghan O’Shea (A Chorus Line) and Angela Scundi (Spring Awakening), while the Swing/Dance Captain will be James Maxfield (A Chorus Line).
For more details go to www.rockyhorrormusical.com.au