The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

by  Richard O'Brien

Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  7m, 3f

"A socko wacko weirdo rock concert." - WNBC TV
"A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business." - The New York Times

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The Rocky Horror Show
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

That sweet transvestite and his motley crew did the Time Warp on Broadway in a 25th anniversary revival. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever.

Click here for The Guardian's 40th-anniversary slide show with original production photos!

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Accolades

  • NOMINEE! 2001 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical
    NOMINEE! 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Reviews

"A socko wacko weirdo rock concert." - WNBC TV

"A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business." - The New York Times

"Campy trash." - Time

"One of the '10 most influential postwar British plays.'" - Guardian UK

Videos

  • Time Warp - 2014 Australia
  • Sweet Transvestite - 2013 London Cast
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Keywords

Betrayal, Death, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Song Samples

Science Fiction Double Feature (Usherette)
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Damn it, Janet (Brad, Janet, Phantoms)
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Time Warp (Riff Raff, Ensemble)
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Hot Patootie (Eddie, Ensemble)
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Touch-A Touch Me (Janet, Phantoms)
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Super Heros (Janet, Brad)
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Casting

7m, 3f

USHERETTE/MAGENTA: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Mezzo Soprano Belt, Bb3-Eb5)
One of Frank’s servants.

BRAD: Male, 26-35 (Range: Bari Tenor, Bb2-G4)
Quirky, but very much in love with his fiancé, Janet. Overly optimistic at times.

JANET: Female, 26-35 (Range: Mezzo Soprano Belt, A3-Eb5)
Good girl who is madly in love with Brad. Always seems to be frightened of something. Keeps losing more of her clothes throughout the story. Emotionally weak and caves into pressure easily.

NARRATOR: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Non-Singing Role)
Follows our two hero’s through the story by narrating directly to the audience.

RIFF RAFF: Male, 25-40 (Range: High Rock Tenor, D3-B4)
Creepy man resembling more of a zombie. Often makes harmless conversation seem awkward and foreboding. One of Frank’s servants.

COLUMBIA: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Mezzo Soprano Belt, E4-E5)
One of Frank’s servants.

FRANK 'N' FURTER: Male Transvestite, 30-45 (Range: Baritone, D3-G4)
Master of the castle. Welcomes Janet and Brad with open arms. Obsessed with creating a man to be part of his sexual entourage. Master of seduction.

ROCKY: Male 18-30 (Range: Tenor, A3-G4)
Frank’s magnificent creation. Sexually appealing with prominent muscles.

EDDIE/DR. SCOTT: Male, 28-40 (Range: Baritone, E3-F#4)
Eddie, delivery man, “went to pieces.” Misses the rock and role of life. Comes back to life only to die after his solo. Scott is Eddie’s Uncle.

4 PHANTOMS – TRANSILVANIANS (SATB)
Various Singers.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Drag performance
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo

Casting Notes

Usherette can be doubled with Magenta. Dr. Scott and Eddie can be doubled. Phantoms can be increased to six. They are used onstage and off as back up singers as well as understudies.

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Full Package

11 Piano/Conductor Scores

Synthesizer
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Guitar
Bass Guitar
Drums

*Please note - there are NO chorus books for THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, only Piano and Conductor scores*

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Authors

Richard O'Brien

Richard O'Brien

The Rocky Horrow Show was first presented on Broadway by Lou Adler at the Belasco Theatre in New York City in March 1975. It was directed by Jim Sharman.

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