The biggest party in town comes to the Manchester Opera House.
It became a cult Hollywood movie in 1975 starring Tim Curry as the cross-dressing Transvestite alien scientist Doctor Frank-N-Furter and Susan Sarandon as Sharon.
Rocky Horror Show is a campy, musical spoof on the haunted-castle / sci-fi, alien B movie in a 1970s glam-rock world.
This classic musical extravaganza stars Coronation Street star Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald) as the Narrator with Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton as Janet and A1’s Ben Adams as Brad. West End star Stephen Webb plays the role of Frank and Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff with Miragle Change as Columbia, Laura Harrison as Magenta and Callum Evans as Rocky.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet and, of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids, Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down with a flat tyre outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor Dr. Scott, they are led inside by Riff Raff the Butler to meet the Master, the charismatic Doctor Frank’n’Furter and his wild guests and then the fun begins.
Beverley Callard our narrator starts telling us the tale with some lively heckling from the audience to which her put-downs are wonderful and soon we are on our feet singing and doing the ‘Time Warp’ as Frank-N-Furter dramatic entrance and under his cloak, he is wearing a Basque, stockings and high heeled boots strutting centre stage. The madness continues when we enter his laboratory where he has created Rocky with a perfectly formed tanned body in Leopard skin speedos. Lots of fun, debauchery, down and dirty with Brad and Janet with Frank to the attack by the aliens on the earthlings, it’s fun and fabulous with everybody in the audience up on their feet singing and dancing along to this fantastic 1970’s Glam Rock production.
Visually stunning, fabulous costumes and a brilliant movie like set adds to the total production. It was like going to a party with many of the audience dressed up for the occasion as transvestite Frank and as Sharon in her underwear added to the fun. Not to be missed.
Manchester Opera House till 26th January. ATGTICKETS.COM/MANCHESTER
Reviewed by Ian Hills, Wythenshawe FM 97.2 Media.