The Rocky Horror Show makes it's professional theatrical début in The Mother City – 40 years after the show first launched in London. Zalebs reporter Clayton Morar attended the recent opening night with media and celebrities to see why this show has captivated the world by storm.
Richard O’Brien’s iconic rock musical The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, getting caught in a storm and seeking refuge at the home of a madcap transvestite scientist,Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who unveils his latest creation - a muscle man named Rocky Horror.
There they meet some of the strangest people on the planet. This saucy, racy musical features hits like “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit, Janet!”, “Sweet Transvestite” and the infamous “The Time Warp” and “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me”.
The South African-only cast includes Binnelanders actor Paul du Toit as Brad, Jenny Stead as Janet, the dazzlingly impressive Brendan Van Rhyn (or rather known for his role as Cathy Specific) Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tree Aan) as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, as well as newcomer Shaun Smit as hunky Rocky to name a few.
A full house of media, VIPs and theatre fans got to witness the magic of the talented and proudly South African cast dazzle on stage, with a number of the audience members dressing up in character, be it in drag or in a saucy costume, to add to the electric atmosphere at The Fugard Theatre.
Theatre legend David Kramer donned a stylish mustard-and-black blazer, coupled with a flat hair look and moustache. He seemed quite unrecognisable at first but enjoyed mingling with all the guests.
Actress and MC Natalie Becker was there having fun, along with Good Hope FM DJs Carl Wastie and Guy McDonald seemed to enjoy the performances just as much as I did, chanting and whistling throughout the evening. Kfm Radio DJ student Liezel van der Westhuizen (who is studying through UNISA these days) displayed a new blonde hair colour look, and it was great to see her out-and-about for a change.
Audiences are most welcome to dress up on any night to enhance their enjoyment of this musical romp. And to round off the experience - audience participation packs will be available at each performance , which includes whistles, cards, streamers and gloves.
The ensemble cast is impressive and any theatre goer will be dazzled throughout the two-hour production with impressive singing, dancing, stage lighting and graphics and a night to remember.
The Rocky Horror Show runs at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town until 29 September. Check out the gallery of the event here
Article by Clayton Morar