The Original Rocky Horror Show Musical
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Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. Learn More
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Featured review from Sparkx
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I think the fact that this show is being billed as 'ArtsWest's Apprenticeship Program presents The Rocky Horror Show' may give some people pause. Just ignore that apprenticeship bit. ArtsWest has managed to find a terrific group of singers for the show. I was especially impressed with Becca Orts as Janet, but those actors playing Brad, Magenta, Frank 'N' Furter, and Rocky were all excellent as well.
The show does have some coarse language, as is to be expected, but overall I would call it a PG-13 version of Rocky Horror, as opposed to the R I would classify something like Open Circle's recent production. If you're a Rocky Horror fan, it's hard to go wrong here. There's an excellent band, backing some really great singers.
The one caveat I would add is that you'll really want to be in the center section of the seats. ArtsWest has side sections to the left and right of the stage, but the set design doesn't work nearly as well from those vantage points. Unfortunately, going through Goldstar, you have no choice in where you'll be seated. Something to keep in mind.
On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into tire trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr. Frank n’ Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. Follow squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget, with the scandalous Frank n’ Furter, rippling Rocky, and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics, and frivolity in Richard O’Brien’s original script! Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including “Sweet Transvestite”, “Damn it, Janet” and of course, the pelvic-thrusting “Time Warp”, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horrow Show is a non-stop party! Ready to thrill you with its frothy, fun, and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all! Don’t dream it – be it!
BE WARNED, THIS SHOW HAS RUDE PARTS!
THE ROCKY VIRGIN KIT
So there you are, sat in a theater waiting to see The Rocky Horror Show - Live for the first time, when a strangely dressed person comes up to you and utters the immortal phrase ‘are you a virgin?’ Don’t panic, it’s not a proposition (although you never know your luck!). Anybody who hasn’t seen ‘Rocky’ before, be they twelve or seventy, is commonly known as a ‘virgin’. Let’s face it, at some time in our lives we have all been virgins as far as ‘Rocky’ is concerned! But don’t worry, help is at hand. In order to guide you through the experience of The Rocky Horror Show we have included the original ‘virgin’ survival guide, the indispensable guide to ‘Rocky’ etiquette.
Although not compulsory you may find that during the Time Warp you are the only person in the audience not on your feet. You dance the Time Warp by simply following the rule: ‘Do what it says in the song’. If you want to get up and boogie to other songs, feel free to do so – off stage – but remember that the Time Warp is the only dance that has set moves.
Please note that it is considered very bad etiquette to throw something onto the stage, it could mean that the show is cancelled and hundreds of fans will turn on you in an instant! This is The Rocky Horror Show – Live – those people up there feel the pain of flying items when it hits them, unlike the actors on the screen. Audience Participation started back in the 1970s in the USA and made it over to the UK a few years later. Originally only for the movie, the Audience Participation has become a part of the stage show as well. Audience Participation should always enhance the ‘Rocky’ experience, never just be shouting out lines for the hell of it. It should be noted that many lines that are used at the film screenings don’t translate to the stage production – so - relax, The Phantoms will help you know what is supposed to be said, and what shouldn’t be said.
And Finally Etiquette
Etiquette? I hear you cry – at a show with the principle of "Don’t Dream it, Be it?” Yep, there are still a few things to bear in mind when you are partaking in the ‘Rocky’ experience. The following three simple rules will help you and the other members of the audience to enjoy the show to the maximum pleasure level: #1 – Don’t throw anything at the stage, audience or performers – it can be dangerous and may result in the show being halted. #2 – Stay off stage at all times when performers are performing – unless a rowdy performer pulls you up from your chair (which could happen depending on the performance) – you are not permitted on the stage during the performance. #3 – Have fun!!!!!