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Rocky Horror Show (The) (1973)

Compositeur: Richard O'Brien

Parolier: Richard O'Brien

Librettiste: Richard O'Brien

A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Brad et Janet, deux amoureux, veulent revoir leur ancien professeur de sciences avant de se marier. Ils partent donc en voiture, un soir, mais le pneu de leur voiture explose mystérieusement à quelques mètres d'un château étrange... Brad et Janet vont alors aller demander de l'aide aux habitants du château, tous plus étranges les uns que les autres... C'est ainsi que Brad et Janet rencontrent le docteur Frank-N-Furter, un travesti bisexuel venu de la planète Transexual de la galaxie Transylvania, créateur d'un homme parfait, plein de muscles mais sans un gramme de cervelle et sachant à peine marcher, nommé Rocky.

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

As an out-of-work actor, Richard O'Brien wrote The Rocky Horror Show to keep himself busy on winter evenings. Since his youth, O'Brien had developed a passion for science fiction and B horror movies; he wanted to combine elements of the unintentional humour of B horror movies, portentous dialogue of schlock-horror, Steve Reeves muscle flicks and fifties rock and roll into The Rocky Horror Show. A major theme running throughout the musical is transvestitism, which according to O'Brien was not originally meant to be as prominent as it would end up being.
O'Brien took a small amount of his unfinished Rocky Horror to director Jim Sharman, who decided he wanted to direct it at the small experimental space Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea which was used as a project space for new work. Sharman had received some success with the original Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar during which he met O'Brien, who had played King Herod for just one performance. Sharman brought in fellow Australians Nell Campbell and long-time scenic designer Brian Thomson to the production.
The original creative team was then rounded out by costume designer Sue Blane and musical director Richard Hartley, although Pete Moss would later take over as musical director. 'Veteran' of the new generation of stage producers Michael White was also brought in to produce Rocky Horror. As the musical went into rehearsal, the working title for it became It Came from Denton High, but it was changed just before previews at the suggestion of Sharman to The Rocky Horror Show.

After two previews, the show premiered – without an interval – at the Royal Court's 63-seat Theatre Upstairs on 19 June 1973 and ran until 20 July 1973. The cast included Tim Curry, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell (billed as Little Nell), Julie Covington and Richard O'Brien, who made the production, which was all-out camp, a creative triumph and a critical and commercial success. Record producer Jonathan King saw it on the second night and signed the cast to make the original cast recording over a long weekend that was rushed out on his U.K. Records label. King was involved heavily in the initial promotion for the show as well as being the other backer of it financially with White.

The impact at the Royal Court Upstairs allowed the production be transferred to the 230-seat Chelsea Classic Cinema, a few blocks down on Kings Road from 14 August 1973 to 20 October 1973. Rocky Horror found a quasi-permanent home at the 500-seat King's Road Theatre (another cinema house) even further down Kings Road from 3 November 1973. The show received critical praise and won the 1973 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.

It ended its run at the King's Road Theatre on 31 March 1979 before transferring to the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre) to begin performances on 6 April 1979. There, Rocky Horror required some restaging as it was the first theatre that the musical had played at with a traditional proscenium arch stage. For the first time, the musical was also broken into two acts with an interval. It finished its run there on 13 September 1980.

American premiere
Lou Adler had made millions with risky ventures such as Monterey Pop. His record label, "Ode Records" was becoming known for harvesting experimental talent. In late winter of 1973, Adler attended a performance of the show with Britt Ekland and acting on impulse and seeing a hit, he met backstage with producers and within 36 hours had secured the American theatrical rights.
The show premiered at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on March 24, 1974, running for nine months. The cast was all new except for Tim Curry. The show played to a full house and a deal was made with 20th Century Fox for a film. Fox executive Gordon Stulberg saw the show at the Roxy and agreed to invest 1 million dollars for a film project. Adler's attempt to turn his club into a playhouse was successful. The singer Meat Loaf remembers different celebrities that would come to the show as well as his meeting Elvis Presley at a performance. Senator Al Franken was a young lighting apprentice brought in by Sid Strong. He recalls Adler had the show mounted by producer Brian Avnet and that both Curry and O'Brien were brought in from the UK.

Original Sydney production
Harry M. Miller produced the original Sydney production of Rocky Horror, which opened on 15 April 1974, running for almost two years in the New Arts Cinema (formerly The Astor, later The Valhalla and now an office building) in Glebe. It starred Reg Livermore, Jane Harders, Kate Fitzpatrick, Arthur Dignam, Sal Sharah, John Paramor, Graham Matters, Bob Hudson and Maureen Elkner.

Original Broadway production
In early 1975 Lou Adler closed the show at the Roxy Theater after a ten-month run. This gave actors time to return to the UK for filming of the movie version. Adler planned to open on Broadway just before the release of the film. It was anticipated that this production would be as successful as Jesus Christ Superstar and serve as a public vehicle for the film version. It was unsuccessful and closed after 45 performances.

San Francisco
The third U.S. production opened at the Montgomery Playhouse in San Francisco on February 3, 1976 and played 103 performances, closing on May 30. The San Francisco production was directed by A. Michael Amarino, with Musical Direction and Arrangements by Michael Reno. The production had a new cast and starred David James as Dr. Frank N. Furter. The opening night cast included Roslyn Roseman as Usherette / Magenta, Needa Greene as Janet Weiss, Robert Reynolds as Brad Majors, Richard Gee as the Narrator, Buddy King as Riff-Raff, Paula Desmond as Columbia, Bob Dulaney as Rocky Horror, and Emil Borelli as Eddie / Dr. Everett Scott, with back-up vocals by Vikki D'Orazi, William J. Tacke and Kelly St. John.

West End
The Rocky Horror Show transferred to the 820-seat Comedy Theatre on Panton Street in the West End, running from 6 April 1979 until 13 September 1980, closing the play's initial run of 2,960 performances. After occasional productions in the early 1980s, the play was revived for the Theatre Royal Hanley tour in 1984 and still is performed regularly in the U.K.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Acte I
Science Fiction / Double Feature
Dammit, Janet!
Over at the Frankenstein Place
The Time Warp
Sweet Transvestite
The Sword of Damocles
I Can Make You a Man
Hot Patootie / Bless My Soul
I Can Make You a Man (reprise)

Acte II
Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me
Once in a While
Eddie's Teddy
Planet Schmanet Janet
Rose Tint My World
Don't Dream It, Be It
Wild and Untamed Thing
I'm Going Home
Super Heroes
Science Fiction / Double Feature (reprise)

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Rocky Horror Show (The)

Version 1

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1973-06-London Run) (Original)
Durée : 7 ans 2 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 16 juin 1973
Première : mardi 19 juin 1973
Dernière : samedi 13 septembre 1980
Mise en scène : Jim Sharman
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Tim Curry (Frank N. Furter), Jonathan Adams (Narrator), Christopher Malcolm (Brad), Julie Covington (Janet), Little Nell (Columbia), Paddy O'Hagan (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Richard O'Brien (i) (Riff Raff), Patricia Quinn (Magenta/Usherette), Rayner Bourton (Rocky)
Commentaires :
Now a cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show began life before an audience of just 63 in the Theatre Upstairs. An immediate success, it transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema before going on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, 1973 – 79 and the Comedy Theatre in the West End, 1979 – 80. In a 2006 audience poll, it was voted the most popular show in 50 years at the Royal Court.

Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs: 19/6/1973 - 12/8/1973
Classic Theatre: 14/8/1973 - 29/10/1973
King's Road Theatre: 31/10/1973 - 4/4/1979
Comedy Theatre: 6/4/1979 - 13/9/1980
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Version 2

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1974-03-Roxy Theatre-Broadway) (Revival)
Durée : 9 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 21 mars 1974
Première : jeudi 21 mars 1974
Dernière : dimanche 05 janvier 1975
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 3

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1975-03-Belasco Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 07 mars 1975
Première : lundi 10 mars 1975
Dernière : samedi 05 avril 1975
Mise en scène : Jim Sharman
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Tim Curry (Frank N. Furter), Graham Jarvis (Narrator), Bill Miller (ii) (Brad), Abigale Haness (Janet), Boni Enten (Columbia), Meat Loaf (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Richard O'Brien (i) (Riff Raff), Jamie Donnelly (Magenta/Trixie), Kim Milford (Rocky)
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Version 4

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1975-03-Belsaco Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre : 4 previews - 45 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 07 mars 1975
Première : lundi 10 mars 1975
Dernière : samedi 05 avril 1975
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 5

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1979-04-London Run-Comedy Theatre) (Original)
Durée : 1 an 5 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 06 avril 1979
Première : vendredi 06 avril 1979
Dernière : samedi 13 septembre 1980
Mise en scène : Jim Sharman
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
Commentaires :
Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs: 19/6/1973 - 12/8/1973
Classic Theatre: 14/8/1973 - 29/10/1973
King's Road Theatre: 31/10/1973 - 4/4/1979
Comedy Theatre: 6/4/1979 - 13/9/1980
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Version 6

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1990-07-Piccadilly Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 11 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 20 previews - 392 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 16 juillet 1990
Première : lundi 16 juillet 1990
Dernière : samedi 22 juin 1991
Mise en scène : Robin Lefevre
Chorégraphie : Stuart Hopps
Avec : Tim McInnery (Frank N. Furter), Jonathan Adams (Narrator), Adrian Edmondson (Brad), Gina Bellman (Janet), Linda Davidson (Columbia), Gordon Kennedy (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Edward Tudor-Pole (Riff Raff), Mary Maddox (Magenta/Trixie), Adam Caine (Rocky), Zallie Burrow (Phantom)
Notable celebrities have been cast including Tim McInnerny, Anthony Head, Robin Cousins, Jason Donovan and Jonathan Wilkes as Frank N. Furter and TV's Craig Ferguson as Brad Majors.
Commentaires :
For the past eight years the Theatre Royal Hanley/Kenneth More Theatre production of “Rocky Horror Show” had been touring the UK non-stop with
enormous success, breaking box office records everywhere and creating its own nation-wide cult following. On several occasions the tour had been invited to stage a West End season, but Richard O’Brien regularly refused permission, and decided to stage a revival under his own management.
Under standard rules at the time, a West End revival meant a 50 mile radius of London embargo on any provincial productions, thus forcing the touring production to end. Adam Caine (as Rocky) was the only member of the original tour invited to appear in the West End revival. This revival ran for just under a year.
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Version 7

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1994-07-Duke of York's Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre : 69 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 29 juillet 1994
Première : vendredi 29 juillet 1994
Dernière : samedi 27 août 1994
Mise en scène : Christopher Malcolm
Chorégraphie : Stuart Hopps
Avec : Nicholas Parsons (Narrator), Jonathan Morris (Frank-n-Furter), David Ingram (Rocky Horror), Paul Collis (Brad), Sophie Lawrence (Janet), Kraig Thornber (Riff-Raff), Patricia Quinn (Magenta), Joanne Redman (Columbia), Peter Gallagher(Eddie/Dr Scott)
Commentaires :
This was back in the West End to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the show’s opening. It was more or less the same production from 1990, and had been touring.
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Version 8

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1995-05-Duke of York's Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 3 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 127 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 17 mai 1995
Première : lundi 22 mai 1995
Dernière : samedi 16 septembre 1995
Mise en scène : Christopher Malcolm
Chorégraphie : Stuart Hopps
Avec : Nicholas Parsons (Narrator), Robin Cousins (Frank-n-Furter), Tony Dowding (Rocky Horror), Paul Collis (Brad), Joanne Farrell (Janet), Vas Constanti (Riff-Raff), Corrina Powlesland (Magenta), Rebecca Vere (Columbia), Nicholas Pound (Eddie/Dr Scott)
Commentaires :
Transfert de la version créée au National Theatre: Rocky Horror Show (The) (1994-07-Lyttelton Theatre (NT)-London)
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Version 9

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1999-04-Tiffany Theatre-Los Angeles) (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 08 janvier 199
Première : vendredi 29 janvier 1999
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Dennis Erdman
Chorégraphie : Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks
Avec :
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Version 10

Rocky Horror Show (The) (1999-04-Victoria Palace Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 14 avril 1999
Première : mercredi 14 avril 1999
Dernière : samedi 05 juin 1999
Mise en scène : Christopher Malcolm
Chorégraphie : Stacey Haynes
Avec : Nicholas Parsons/Ken Morley (Narrator), Jason Donovan ((Frank-n-Furter), Ross O’Hennessy (Rocky Horror), Stuart De La Mere (Brad), Simona Morecroft (Janet), Geòrgie Haynes (Riff-Raff), Laurie Brett (Magenta), Gael Johnson (Columbia), Mark White (Eddie/Dr Scott)
Commentaires :
Once again back in the West End celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary, no one could quite work out why it was billed as the “New” Rocky Horror Show. Neither the scenery nor costumes looked new, and, according to the Evening Standard, this was the cheapest looking production yet staged. However, Jason Donovan was effective as Frank.
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Version 11

Rocky Horror Show (The) (2000-11-Circle in the Square Theatre-Broadway) (Revival)
Durée : 1 an 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 30 previews - 437 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 19 octobre 2000
Première : mercredi 15 novembre 2000
Dernière : dimanche 06 janvier 2002
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
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Version 12

Rocky Horror Show (The) (2003-06-Queen's Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : lundi 23 juin 2003
Première : lundi 23 juin 2003
Dernière : samedi 05 juillet 2003
Mise en scène : Christopher Malcolm
Chorégraphie : Stacey Haynes
Avec : Rhona Cameron/John Stalker (Narrator), Jonathan Wilkes (Frank-n-Furter), Graham Tudor (Rocky), Jon Boydon (Brad), Katie Rowley-Jones (Janet), Neil Couperthwaite (Riff-Raff), Andrea Stevens (Magenta), Sally Hunt (Columbia), Drew Jaymson (Eddie/Dr Scott)
Commentaires :
Partie de l'UK Tour connu comme le "30th Birthday Tour".
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Version 13

Rocky Horror Show (The) (2006-07-Playhouse Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 05 juillet 2006
Première : jeudi 06 juillet 2006
Dernière : samedi 22 juillet 2006
Mise en scène : Christopher Luscombe
Chorégraphie : Jenny Arnold
Avec : Steve Pemberton/ Nigel Planer/ Roger Lloyd-Pack (Narrator – 1 week each), David Bedella ((Frank-n-Furter), Julian Essex-Spurrier (Rocky ), Matthew Cole (Brad), Suzanne Shaw (Janet), Iain Davey (Riff-Raff), Shona White (Magenta), Kay Murphy (Columbia), Nathan Amzi (Eddie/Dr Scott)
Commentaires :
This was the prelude to yet another new touring production, playing briefly in the West End before opening in Glasgow for a six month tour.
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Version 14

Rocky Horror Show (The) (2007-01-Comedy Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 21 décembre 2006
Première : jeudi 04 janvier 2007
Dernière : samedi 27 janvier 2007
Mise en scène : Christopher Luscombe
Chorégraphie : Jenny Arnold
Avec : Brian Capron/Steve Pemberton/Danny Baker (Narrator), David Bedella (F rank-n-Furter), Julian Essex-Spurrier (Rocky ), Matthew Cole (Brad), Suzanne Shaw (Janet), Iain Davey (Riff-Raff), Claire Parrish (Magenta), Kay Murphy (Columbia), Nathan Amzi (Eddie/Dr Scott)
Commentaires :
Back in the West End, for the seventh time—again for a short run prior to the eternal tour!
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Version 15

Rocky Horror Show (The) (2007-01-Comedy Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 21 décembre 2006
Première : jeudi 04 janvier 2007
Dernière : samedi 27 janvier 2007
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 16

Rocky Horror Show (The) (2009-09-UK Tour) (UK Tour)
Durée : 1 an 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 17 septembre 2009
Première : jeudi 17 septembre 2009
Dernière : samedi 04 décembre 2010
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 17

Rocky Horror Show (The) (2015-09-Playhouse Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 11 septembre 2015
Première : vendredi 11 septembre 2015
Dernière : samedi 26 septembre 2015
Mise en scène : Christopher Luscombe
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Richard O'Brien (Narrator), David Bedella (Frank N Furter), Ben Forster (Brad), Haley Flaherty (Janet), Kristian Lavercome (Riff Raff)
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