Rocky Horror's comiiing to tooown!
*ahem* Indeed, yes. 'Tis, in fact, da Rocky.
It will be playing at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, from 2nd - 13th May 2006. If you would like to join me on the occasional-annual journey to see the production, please email me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Costume is mandatory; virgins will be indoctrinated as best as possible, because I'm not as evil as I look. I guarantee, it's the most fun you can have whilst sober and (mostly) sitting down. I will agree a date and final numbers at some point in February, when it will all be booked. This is your advance warning. :P
Yeah, I got the Alexandra's leaflet through the door. For some reason, whenever I vow to save money, either one of the main theatres has shitloads of stuff on all at once. Highlights under the cut for interested parties, with those I really want to see/want someone to go with me highlighted with a little red star...
Smaller (Monday 20th - Saturday 25th March) *
(Starring Dawn French and Alison Moyet; written by Carmel Morgan; directed by Kathy Burke)
Tickets: £14.50, £17.50, £22.50, £25.00, £27.50
Blurb: The life and soul of the staff room, Bernice Clulow's selfless devotion to her disabled mother, Maureen, is legend. Yet, every evening, as she heads home, the smile becomes fixed; Mum will want to talk. She demands despatches from the human race, but Bernice just wants to kick her shoes off. (And her mum's head in.) Missing out on these precious mother-daughter moments, Cath Clulow wisely flew the nest straight from school. Now belting out karaoke classics to vomiting, rollicking hen parties in Puerto Banus, she wonders how a promising career in musical theatre has gone so horribly off-key. House-bound, honour-bound and homeward-bound, the Clulows pick their way through a minefield of guilt, resentment and fear.
(Dawn French, dudes!)
Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Monday 10th - Saturday 15th April) *
(Starring Jason Donovan.)
Tickets: £10.00 - £27.50
Blurb: Direct from its current sell-out Broadway success with standing ovations every night, winner of eight Tony and Grammy awards, this electrifying West End production of Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller is undoubtedly the major musical event of the year.
Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, this inspired production is musical theatre at its very best. Full of spine-tingling wit, humour and tenderness, it is a musical masterpiece with a knockout punch. Set in darkest Victorian London, it is an entertaining mix of comedy, murderous passion and tender young love starring award-winning usical superstar Jason Donovan (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Joseph) in this thrilling new production of the greatest of all Sondheim musicals. Unmissable.
(I want to hear more Sondheim, so this would be a good place to start.)
BRAND SPANKING NEW PRODUCTION of Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show (Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 13th May) *
Tickets: £10.00 - £29.50
Blurb: The Rocky Horror Show, the biggest and baddest rock 'n' roll musical ever, returns to Birmingham. Follow squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they'll never forget, with the scandalous Frank N Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity.
Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet, and of course the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show just can't stop partying!
Ready to thrill you with its frothy fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all, so fish out the fishnets, buff up your basque and sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life! Don't dream it - be it.
(FRANK AND ROCKY, RA RA RA! Or some such. Again, if you want to come, let me know. No chickening out, no umming and ahing, just get on with it. It will be followed up by a becostumed trip to the Wellington, just for novelty value and hopefully some abuse.)
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY: The Mighty Boosh (Friday 17th February)
Blurb:Come with us now on a journey through time and space to the world of the Mighty Boosh. See all of the characters from the cult BBC TV show as they parade about in front of your eyes for a small fee. See it, or throw your eyes in the bin.
(I know someone who'll be very interested in that...)
The Magic of the Musicals (Saturday 18th February)
(Starring Marti Webb & Wayne Sleep)
Tickets: £15.50 - £21.50
Blurb: The Magic of the Musicals, a glorious celebration of some of the very best songs from the hit West End musicals, is back. Marti Webb is one of Britain's most popular stars, appearing in numerous musicals, including Tell Me On A Sunday.
(...which also starred Wayne Sleep, but never mind. I want to see it, but I'm not sure either of them are worth that much. :P)
Circus of Horrors (Sunday 5th March)
Tickets: £10.00, £16.00, £20.00, £25.00
Blurb: It's time to taste the fruit of imtemperance once again as the Circus of Horrors takes to the bloody boards for a terrifying tour. The new show will be packed with new shocks and new blood to add to the established freaks that have become household names.
(I saw this a couple of years ago with Naomi and it was empty so we stole some front row seats... it was fun. More fun still was the fact that the med students in the row in front of us were freaking out at it.)
There's also, terrifyingly, Rentaghost: The Musical... plus the usual fair of psychis like Colin Fry, comedy, plays, musicals (Footloose, starring Cheryl Baker) and Singalonga Sound of Music, again. Which annoys me - I would love to see The Sound of Music in a cinema, but not when it's full of scary old women dressed as nuns. It's truly Rocky for the faint-hearted these days. Which is somewhat more terrifying.
So, if anyone's interested, you know what to do. Meh, I need more money. Damn you, Arts Council.
On that note, I need to book Jerry Springer: The Opera at some point for me and Paul; next week, I think.
Okay, I promise, there'll be some resolutions soon, after I've eaten. Methinks "Spend less money" is one I won't be keeping that well...