your lifestyle's too extreme

Tour opened Brisbane Lyric Theatre 10th February 1996 - Closed 4th April Newcastle -re-opened Adelaide with a mostly new cast




Book, Music & Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
Arrangements by Garth Porter

Directed by Nigel Triffitt
Production Design -Nigel Triffitt
Costumes - Sue Blane reimagined by Kim Bishop

Choreography - Cath Cardiff

Production Manager - Mark Lawrence
Musical Director - Johnathon Maher
Lighting - Trudy Dalgleish
Sound Operator - Adrian Watts
Re-staging Director - Michael Beckley

Produced by Paul Dainty



Principal Cast:
Dr. Frank N. Furter: Marcus Graham
Janet Weiss: Kym Wilson
Brad Majors: Glenn Butcher
The Usherette/Columbia Jo Beth Taylor
Riff Raff: Peter Rowsthorn
Magenta: Lucy Briant
Eddie/Dr. Scott: Wilbur Wilde
The Narrator: Red Symons
Rocky Horror: Ron Reeve
Phantoms: Adam Kronenburg, Andrew Laing, Hali Gordon, Steven Judkins, Michael Howard-Smith, Tracy Wilson

The Band:

Geoff Barnes: drums
Steve Morgan: bass
Gary Vickery: guitars
Tony Hedges: piano
Tim Oram: saxophone


Company Manager: Adam Smith
Stage Manager: Stephanie Carroll
Assistant Stage Manager: Briony Lievers
Floor Electrician: Sam Hopkins
Head of Wardrobe: Kim Bishop
Sound Operator: Adrian Watts
Radio Mike Technician: Jon Collins
Re-staging Choreographer: Renee Isaacs


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New? The only thing new about this show, was the complete lack of any resemblence to it's stage roots. Where Brian Thomson had created the atmosphere of an old cinema where an usherette's fanstasy is played out in front of you, like creatures who have walked off the screen, Triffit took the film version and realised it on stage in technicolor and with fairy lights, producing a very tiresome and overblown epic.


No imagination was needed from the audience, Brad and Janet drove a car, Frank had a castle, there were extra characters to fill out the Time Warp which had been placed in film order in the story. Frank floated down to sing "Whatever happened to Fay Wray" on a neon cloud that resembled the POW impact slogans from the old Batman series, but no pow, just Marcus Graham, as heterosexual as possible dressed in a ludicrous version of Sue Blane's original idea, with a headress seemingly borrowed from Victor Victoria, The castle became a neon rocket ship and took off at the end. For those only familiar with the film, it would have been fun.

Red Symons was hideous as the Narrator, homo-phobic jokes seem very out of place to me in this show. The rest of the cast were ho-hum as they had obvioulsy been advised to over play every role. The music however was the most irritating aspect of this version. Re-orchestrated to sound like middle of the road 80s euro-pop with no emotion, just sung as songs. Australian audiences loved it and went in droves, the show ran for years in this form.


Sydney Morning Herald

Friday June 21, 1996


With a bit of a mind flip, you're there. Back in the time warp of the New Arts Theatre, Glebe, with the leering gorilla ushers and up there on the stage, Reg Livermore's glorious pantomime face.

"I wanted Bette Davis eyes," said Livermore this week. "There had to be a menace, appearance wise." He doesn't mind reminiscing about The Rocky Horror Show but "I don't want to live in the 1970s". Livermore is one of the few exceptions. Dammit, Janet, on this 21st anniversary of the release of the cult Rocky movie, and 22 years after the sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania blasted onto the Sydney stage, we're not doing the time warp again, we never stopped doing it.

Next Monday, there's a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Sydney and a party at Planet Hollywood to launch a new video of the film. But some of the creators of the original Rocky, such as designer Brian Thomson, find it all "a bit sad". They don't want to see Jason Donovan in his pretty boy makeup doing the show in Perth, nor did they enjoy a younger generation miming and singing along to the movie. Reg, and Kate Fitzpatrick and Arthur Dignam and Sal Sharah and John Paramor ... they were the definitive Frank 'N Furter and Magenta and Narrator and Riff Raff and Brad, and no-one can ever finesse them. Rocky was the '70s flip side of Jesus Christ Superstar, the devil incarnate in fishnet stockings.

It began with Richard O'Brien, singer and understudy for Herod in the original London staging of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed and designed by Jim Sharman and Brian Thomson. O'Brien never played Herod. Thomson said: "When the understudy's role was taken away from him, Richard left in a huff. He wanted to show them ... he would write a musical." O'Brien and pianist Richard Hartley made a tape of a few songs and "played it to the producer Michael White, and the lady in charge of the Upstairs Theatre at the Royal Court in London who agreed to pay them ?1,000 each".

Rocky opened for a five-week season at the Upstairs in 1973 with Tim Curry as Frank 'N Furter and O'Brien himself as the henchman, Riff Raff. For years, it has niggled Thomson and Sharman that O'Brien won the lion's share of the royalties for a creation which grossed at least $500 million. Profit on the film alone, says Thomson, is $150 million, but his share of film royalties "wouldn't have been enough to pay the rent".

Thomson said: "Everything came from Jim Sharman putting it together with his astonishing skills." Sharman also directed the 1974 stage musical in Sydney and the film.

Even before the Royal Court production, Harry M. Miller heard O'Brien's tapes in London played by Sharman, loved it, and put the show on at Eric Dare's New Arts Theatre in Glebe, then an art film house. Since then, Miller has staged two more productions, in Melbourne with Max Phipps as Frank 'N Furter, and one for Wilton Morley in 1984.

© 1996 Sydney Morning Herald

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