By Freedom Chevalier
Rocky Horror producers Howard Panter and John Frost announced that the show’s creator (and Riff Raff in the film version), Richard O’Brien would be stepping into the role of Narrator for one week, starting 30th June.
Panter and Frost, who have helmed the show in Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and now Melbourne, are “thrilled” that O’Brien will be joining the cast for a few performances. “To have the creator of this iconic musical as part of the production for a short time is a dream come true, and I’m sure Rocky Horror fans will flock to Melbourne to see this unique opportunity.”
And, I can understand the sentiment. For fans of the show, O’Brien holds a special place in that wildly syncopated universe. He is a symbol of courage for those confronting personal prejudices in their day to day living. The Melbourne performances are an uncommon occurrence for the 73 year old, and audiences are in for a treat. As someone who interviews celebrities for a living, I tell you truthfully that when you look behind the curtain too often you really wished you hadn’t. O’Brien is a rarity in entertainment and in life – an accomplished creative who has become an icon, not only for his artistic expression, but for doing something so few of us have the capacity to do so: to live a life true to himself, and invite others in along the way.
Richard O’Brien will perform: June 30, July 1, 2, 5 (5.30pm only), 7, 8 and 9. For more booking information: www.rockyhorror.com.au for details.