Big Names Join Rocky Horror Show

Published on 8th Mar, 2018

McKenney & Jacobson will Join Cast of Rocky Horror Show in Melbourne

New Tickets on Sale March 9

The final season of the latest incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show will see theatre, film and television stars Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson join the cast in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre from July 13.

New seats on sale from March 9. This announcement follows a roller-coaster for the production as it has seen a number of cast changes since it premiered in Adelaide last year, most notably with Adam Rennie replacing Craig McLachlan in the lead role following his alleged workplace misconduct charge.

Todd McKenney

Todd McKenney, one of Australia’s favourite multi-award winning triple threat perfortmeres, will star as Frank N’ Furter, a role he has wanted to perform since commencing his career.

“I have dreamt of playing this role ever since I first saw the stage show in Perth in the 80s, it is one of those rare beauties that gives an actor the opportunity to put their personal stamp on one of the most fun characters in musical theatre.  I’ve been offered the role in the past but the timing has never been right so now I finally get to live out my dream, I can’t wait to get my corset, pearls, fishnets and high heels on to give Melbourne audiences the night of their lives!,” McKenney said.

Shane Jacobson

Shane Jacobson will perform the role of the Narrator, a Rocky Horror Show role traditionally performed by major stars across the globe.  Shane is one of Australia’s most loved, award-winning actors, presenters and entertainers, and said “I am thrilled to be involved in one of the most iconic productions in musical theatre history.”

Joining Todd and Shane on stage will be Kristian Lavercombe who astounded audiences in the 2015 tour as Riff Raff, musical theatre favourites Amanda Harrison (Wicked, We Will Rock You) as Magenta, Nadia Komazec (Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera) as Columbia, Brendan Irving (The Bodyguard, An Officer and A Gentleman) as Rocky and James Bryers (Matilda The Musical, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancin’) as Eddie/Dr Scott.

Amanda Harrison & Kristian Lavercombe as Magenta & Riff Raff. Photo Jeff Busby

Playing the roles of Brad and Janet, the naïve young couple caught up in a situation they don’t understand, are Rob Mallett (Les Misérables, Singin’ In The Rain) and Michelle Smitheram (Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, Georgy Girl). The ensemble cast includes Bianca Baykara (The King & I, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Ross Chisari (Aladdin, Man of La Mancha), Hollie James (My Fair Lady, Carrie The Musical), Hayley Martin (Anything Goes, Singin’ In The Rain), Stephen McDowell (Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins) and Geoffrey Winter (The Bodyguard, Into The Woods).

The Rocky Horror Show is a true classic and one of theatre’s most endearing and outrageously fun shows. It opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973, quickly developing a cult following, and was adapted into the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has the longest- running release in film history. This iconic brand holds a unique place in theatre history, a show which has defied the decades and continued to grow in popularity.

Rob Mallett & Michelle Smitheram as Brad and Janet. Photo JeffBusby

New tickets go on sale on Friday 9 March from Ticketek, so give yourself over to absolute pleasure, and do the Time Warp again!

Rocky Horror Show
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
From 13 July 2018
Bookings:  ticketek.com.au or 1300 795 012 / Groups 8+ 1300 364 001

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