Monday, April 02, 2007

Theatre Review: The Rocky Horror Show

Live at Canstage, here in Toronto.

You know, when we see the movie, there's one thing we forget amist all the toast throwing, water-squirting, flashlight waving and response shouting.

The music is incredible.

You'd never know it from the film. With a couple of notable exceptions, they cast the film with actors that couldn't sing. They tried, they failed. Not so at Canstage.

The cast is hugely talented, the voices are powerful, the staging is brilliant, the characters alive and lively. Instead of just recreating the film, the director and cast made it their own.

Audience participation was encouraged, though there was no throwing of toast or squirting of water (actor safety, you know). Interestingly enough, a lot of the shout-outs didn't happen, because many of them are dependant on timing, and the timing of the musical is different from the film. Shout outs are welcome, though, so go see it two or three times and you'll be able to time it out perfectly.

So for all of you who think that the Rocky Horror Picture Show is great, I can only say:

It is way better live. Go see it.

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