Just in time for Halloween, that campy standby The Rocky Horror Show is coming our way, via Bay Street Theatre at Club One. It’s the club’s second annual production of the wacky, sci–fi musical comedy about cross–dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter and the zoo–load of zanies that inhabit his spooky old castle.
There’s hunchbacked Riff Raff, madwomen Magenta and Columbia, brain–dead Eddie, nebbishy newlyweds Brad and Janet, Dr. Scott and the “monster” himself, zombie muscleman Rocky Horror.
As most everybody knows, the 1975 film version (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) became a cult classic and the obsession of “shadow casts” around the world – the movie became a sing–along, act–along affair wherein rice was thrown, toilet paper tossed and squirt guns squirted. A good time (warp) was had by all.
Rocky Horror, however, began life as a stage play. With Tim Curry in his career–making role as Dr. Furter (“a sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania”), it bowed on the London stage in 1973.
For the 2010 Savannah production – the first under the official Bay Street Theatre banner – Christopher Blair is strapping on the good doctor’s corset. Blair, of course, was recently seen (in full drag) in Bay Street’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
This is his third local production of Rocky Horror in as man years.
Music director Christopher Stanley (he’ll be on piano) is also a veteran of Bay Street’s Hedwig.
Others in the cast include Val Macaluso (she’s the director, too), Amy Balkovetz, Shane Gray, Mark Rand, Bridget Tunstall and Tim Reynolds.
Christopher Blair (Frank N. Furter): “After Hedwig, it’s nice to be part of a true ensemble. It takes a lot of the pressure off me. And we’ve got a good group, some great performers. A smaller cast than what we’re accustomed to having – there’s a smaller chorus than we’ve had in previous years – but they’re really coming along quite nice. And looking good onstage.”
Val Macaluso (director, Riff Raff): “There’s certain things you have to keep in, but throughout the show I try to switch things up. We’re hoping to bring in a different kind of energy. The last years, it’s been punk or carnival–oriented, and it’s not so much of a theme this time – I just want to focus on having everybody bring out so much energy that everyone feels like they can be a part of the show. And have lots of fun.”
Christopher Stanley (music director): “Hedwig has its following, and it’s somewhat of a different genre. But you have these cult classics like Rocky – although you don’t really find it in the Best of Broadway books, with all these amazing songs, they’re fun songs. They’re quick, easy songs that people just love to sing along to. In terms of the script, there’s not much depth to the characters – you get the depth through the stage direction. It’s not like you walk out and you’re totally moved, emotionally – you go there and you have amazing experiences.”
Travis Coles (stage manager and Bay Street honcho): “If we can only do it once a year, it seems like it should be Halloween. It’s kind of a good time to dress up in costume, especially with our midnight show this year, that’ll be fun. And with SCAD being back in, it’s a busier time to be doing a show. We’re trying not to book shows when there’s less people here. And people that might not come and see the movie every week will come and see it. Because it’s only once a year.”
The Rocky Horror Show
Where: Bay Street Theatre at Club One, 1 Jefferson St.
Week One: Oct. 21, 22, 24. All shows at 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 21+, Sunday 18+
Week Two: Oct. 29, 30, 31. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. (21+); Sunday at 8 p.m. (18+) and midnight (21+)
Tickets: $15 general admission; limited table seats $20;
Oct. 22 partial proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure