It’s time for Melbourne to do the time warp again
With just a jump to the left and step to the right The Rocky Horror Show lands in Melbourne, exactly forty freaky years since its Australian premiere. Craig McLachlan is Dr Frank N. Furter, a role he first made his own back in 1992. Alongside him will be Christie Whelan Browne as Janet, Tim Maddren as Brad, Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff and Erika Heynatz as Magenta.
It's one of the greatest rock 'n' roll musicals of all time and has not only spawned a vast cult following but also at least one bona fide dance favourite. But don't just do the Time Warp (again), here are our top five alternative cuts from the Rocky Horror soundtrack:
5. "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"
A delightfully dirty little earworm, it's the kind of sugary imprecation that sticks like peppermint gum. Have a listen to Jayma Mays' – admittedly bowdlerised – version for Glee.
4. "Over at the Frankenstein Place"
A tuneful calm before the alien storm. And if there's a serious moral to the sci-fi anarchy, then you'll find it here, in the light in the darkness of everybody's life.
3. "What Ever Happened to Saturday Night?"
A rock 'n' roll ode for greasers in freezers, immortalised by that notorious frozen meat-treat, the young Mr Loaf. It's one hot patootie, whatever that is.
2. "Sweet Transvestite"
Introducing the gender-bending Dr Frank N Furter, this is the big first test for any new Transexual Transylvanian. Requires buckets of charisma, a ballsy voice and great legs.
1. "Don't Dream It, Be it"
Sums up the transcendental arthouse aspiration of the Rocky Horror project. Delicate Bowie-esque yearnings climb toward an absolute, dreamily embodied sensuality with a soft sing-a-long chorus that almost sounds sincere. Almost.