We all know the movie, the worldwide cult phenomenon that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Janet Weiss, and Brad Majors, along with the rest of the rag tag residents of the Frank-N-Furter castle have become icons of pop culture.
However the conception of these outrageous characters came well before they hit the silver screen.
So when I heard Rocky Horror Show was returning to the stage for an Australian tour, I did not hesitate in securing seats as a mutual Christmas present between my mother and I.
From the first song the audience were excited, engaged and interactive. Christie Welan Browne and Tim Maddren as Janet and Brad brought to the stage the same wholesome charm that had fans rooting for the couple in all their magnificent naivety on screen.
The moment we were all waiting for though, the moment that had us on the edge of our seats, after Dammit Janet, The Time Warp, and everything in between, was the reveal of the one and only ‘sweet transvestite’ Craig McLachlan as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
McLachlan was energetic, charismatic, and almost a little too convincing as the scientist-gone-mad from transsexual Transylvania. With an impressive combination of vocal range, acting chops and comical timing, he paid the role absolute justice. McLachlan managed to fill Tim Curry’s (the original Frank-N-Furter) fabulous high-heeled shoes both on screen and on stage. His willingness to improvise and interact with the audience is what really brought the character to life.
The show is everything you would expect it to be. Polished, funny, and almost a little too much.
The more graphic scenes are played to perfection and will have you doubled-over laughing with tears in your eyes, meaning this is one show best left to adults. So give yourselves over to absolute pleasure and grab a seat in the Frank-N-Furter place.
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Rocky Horror. Image credited to QPAC
Author: Rachel Driml