There isn’t, on this planet, a musical quite like it. Yes, its long running like most but no other production attracts the same cult following that this does and having been exposed to the subculture from within, I see things from new heights.
At the time of its birth, Rocky Horror was a concept new to many. The open promiscuity, exploration of sexuality and the question of self-identity were the foundational ingredients to the international phenomenon that expands decades. And you’ll be familiar with it in one way or another. For me, it began early childhood when no birthday party was complete without the Time Warp, decades later I finally see the film and as for the show? It had always been within my grasp but not quite ready to taste. Last night, I gave in to its calling.
I was never too sure about the film, personally. I recall watching it, in bits, not quite able to grasp what I was seeing fully. Overall, I think I enjoyed it and have watched it several times since. But, the stage production is other worldly. It was made for stage. The drawing of the curtain, the bold entrances, the characters in their audacious ways, although they made it work for film, until you see it on stage, you’re not able to fully appreciate this masterful creation.
The musical composition in particular is spectacular live. And everyone in this is phenomenal. Diana Vickers was born to play Janet, she’s an absolute natural with exceptional talent; Liam Tamne was a sensational Frank-N-Furter and as my friend and I agreed, it is a role, compared to Tim Curry, incredibly hard to follow but he did it with commendable achievement and was a firm audience favourite. You may be familiar with Dominic Andersen (Rocky) and Kristian Lavercombe (Riff Raff), if you’ve seen the live version of Rocky Horror both having played their roles in that. I have to admit, it was through watching the live show that made me want to see it on this occasion, namely for the actors that were in it so I was extremely excited to see them on the UK tour this time round. Not only is Kristian an incredible sight on the eyes but a well-rounded actor too and Kristian
Lavercombe resembles Richard O’Brien so remarkably that often you have to double take- of course he brings his own talents to the role and makes Riff Raff even larger than you could possibly imagine; I was also smitten with Sophie Linder-Lee as Columbia who has an amazing voice and was exceptionally funny. I could go on and on about each individual but you’d be best placed to seeing this for yourself.
What is perhaps unexpected, as highlighted above, is the cult following. Everyone, from all different walks of life, unify whether in costume or not (you’ll see many in your favourite characters or simply dressed to the nines in their most daring outfits), where for one night you can let your inner selves shines, be free and have the best time of your lives. It’s not a show to sit idly at. You have to grasp at it with both hands, dance and sing along to your favourites and of course be open to the banter- because at Rocky Horror the audience, and cast, don’t hold back!