|Rocky Horror Show|
|Rocky Leads Announced
The people behind the upcoming Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show have finally confirmed most of the leading players for their production, which is set to open on November 13th at the Circle in the Square Theater.
Although there are no proven box office draws in the leading roles, the cast is shaping up as an eclectic mix of theater pros, pop culture icons and lesbian role models. Joan Jett, Dick Cavett, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Alice Ripley, Jarrod Emick and Lea DeLaria have all been confirmed as castmembers. The biggest question mark at this point is who will play Rocky, the hunky creation of Dr. Frank 'n' Furter. Bernard Telsey Casting, who is handling the show, has even begun placing ads in HX and other gay bar magazines looking for bodybuilders who can sing.
Jett will make her Broadway debut as Columbia, the off-beat Frank 'N' Furter groupie. Jett is best known to be the 80s rocker who spawned such hits as I Hate Myself For Loving You, Crimson and Clover and I Love Rock 'n' Roll. Jett told Broadway.com that despite her lack of Broadway experience, this is not her first theatrical pursuit. Theater was one of the first things I was interested in as a kid, even before rock and roll, she said. I was into theater in junior high school and putting on the school plays and things like that. So it's always something that's interested me.
Ripley has been cast as Janet, the innocent all-American girl. Ripley was in the original Broadway cast of The Who's Tommy, Sunset Boulevard, King David, Side Show and James Joyce's The Dead. Her work in Side Show, in which she and Emily Skinner (also returning to Broadway in The Full Monty) played Siamese twins, earned her a Drama Desk and Tony Award Nomination. She was also seen on Broadway as Fantine in Les Miserables. Check out Broadway.com's video footage of Alice crooning her solo rock songs at She Rocks Broadway.
Jarrod Emick makes a return to the stage as Brad, the nerdy dupe who, with Janet, stumbles into Frank n Furtners lair. Emick won the 1994 Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award for his performance in Damn Yankees. Emick was also said to be a contender for the role of Curly in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! before that shows Broadway rebirth was delayed.
Tom Hewitt will take on the legendary role of the sweet transvestite, Frank 'n' Furter. Hewitts Broadway credits include roles in The Sisters Rosensweig, The School for Scandal, Art and his current gig as Scar in The Lion King. Off-Broadway he has made appearances in Jeffrey, Beau Gest, Richard III and Othello. Hewitt has the intimidating task of following in the large footsteps of Tim Curry, who played the role in the film. Tim's performance is iconic," Hewitt told Broadway.com. "The breakdown for the audition said 'we don't want a Tim Curry imitation,' but to set about working on it and not to do Tim Curry is... he's just so it and so right for the part. It's hard in a lot of ways not to manifest him in a lot of degrees.
For a gender twist, Lea DeLaria will play Eddie and Dr. Scott, roles originated by Meatloaf. DeLaria earned an Obie Award, Theatre World Award and Drama Desk nomination for her performance in 1998s On The Town. Her other theatrical credits include the Encores! production of Lil Abner, the Chicago tour and the recent Actors Fund reading on The Women.
Rent's first and most popular Mimi, Daphne Rubin-Vega, will take on the role of Magenta, the creepy sister of Riff Raff. She told Broadway.com that she's not afraid of the potential rabid nature of the Rocky audiences though. As long as they don't throw things that hurt us, I think we'll be fine, Rubin-Vega joked. For her performance in Rent, Rubin-Vega earned the Theatre World Award and Obie Award. She also received Tony and Drama Desk Nominations for her performance. Since leaving Rent she has worked on her recording and film careers, appearing in Wild Things and Flawless. Be sure to watch Daphne performing at She Rocks Broadway.
Cavett will star as the Narrator. Although best known for hosting various incarnations of The Dick Cavett Show, he has been on Broadway before in Otherwise Engaged and Into the Woods.
Raul Esparza will play Riff Raff, the bizarre and slightly sinister keeper of the gate. Esparza is best known for his appearance as Che Guevara in the recent Evita tour.
24-year-old Jordan Roth (The Donkey Show) makes a Broadway producing debut with The Rocky Horror Show. Everybody's been dying for Rocky Horror to come to New York, Roth said in his Broadway.com Q&A. I think audiences are looking for and finding new ways of experiencing live entertainment. We've seen the trend over the last ten years and all of these interactive shows borrow something from Rocky Horror. It only makes sense to let audiences experience the original.
Christopher Ashley (Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story..., As Thousands Cheer) is directing the production. His only Broadway credit is last season's short-lived thriller Voices in the Dark. Ashley told Broadway.com that the creative team, really wanted a cast that felt really fresh, that felt really eclectic, sexy [like] you've never seen them together in a show."
"It" choreographer Jerry Mitchell is creating the movement for the show. The thing that makes me so excited about the project is it is a chance for people to feel free, Mitchell told Broadway.com. Best known for his racy work on the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit Broadway Bares and The Full Monty, Mitchell joked about his reputation. All of the sudden I'm the choreographer with nudity in every show, he joked, It happens! What can I say? My reputation proceeds me, I guess! Come watch some of Mitchell's sexy footwork of Broadway Bares 2000.
|August 22, 2000 (12:36PM)|