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The Rocky Horror Show – Music Theatre of CT, Norwalk, USA

MTC - The Rocky Horror Show - Norwalk, CT
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The Rocky Horror Show may be the wildest, wackiest musical we have ever seen. Produced by the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk, Connecticut, the musical is a campy, retro-science fiction fantasy complete with aliens and catchy rock songs written by Richard O’Brien that is zany and fabulous fun. While many know The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the 1975 cult classic film, the play came first and was first shown in London in 1973. The talented Actor’s Equity Association cast features Justin Johnston, Michael Luongo, Skye Gillespie, Jim Schillling, Leigh Martha Klinger, Brianna Bauch, John Treacy Egan, Hillary Ekwall, Stephen Petrovich, Jeff Rabb, and Domenic Servidio. Directed by MTC’s Co-Founder Kevin Connors, The Rocky Horror Show reigns again and runs from March 17 – April 8, 2023.


We saw The Rocky Horror Show on opening night, Saturday, March 18, 2023, where the intimate theatre-in-the-round drew a following of "Rocky" fans. Richard O’Brien was an out-of-work actor when he wrote the play in 1973, which combines his love of science fiction, B-movie horror films, and rock music. The adult-themed, counterculture, sexually charged musical played on the London stage for 7 years closing in 1980, made its way to Broadway and continues to tour the world. When the film version came out in 1975, it became a cult classic that is still shown regularly, usually at midnight. As a tradition, "Rocky" followers will shout out lines, will often show up in costume, and bring props (although props are not allowed for the MTC production).

MTC - The Rocky Horror Show - Skye Gillespie, Michael Luongo - photo by Alex Mongillo
Skye Gillespie (Janet), Michael Luongo (Brad)
The Rocky Horror Show

The premise of the play is that a young couple, Brad and Janet, played by Michael Luongo (who played Brad in the National Tour), and Skye Gillespie (who played in the regional production of The Rocky Horror Show) are on their way back from a wedding and are driving to meet Brad’s college professor Dr. Scott, played by Broadway veteran John Tracey Egan, when their car has a flat tire on a lonely and deserted road on a stormy and rainy night in the middle of nowhere. It is the perfect plot for a horror movie.

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Leigh Martha Klinger (Magenta), Hillary Ekwall (Columbia)
The Rocky Horror Show

The setting of the play takes place long before the advent of cell phones and as they are stuck in the middle of nowhere, Brad tells Janet to remain in the car and he will walk to the castle that they passed a few miles back and ask if he can use their telephone to call for assistance. Young and naïve but not stupid, Janet insists that she accompany him rather than wait alone in the car not knowing what could happen to either of them.

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Leigh Martha Klinger (Magenta), Justin Johnston (Frank ‘N’ Furter)
Jeff Raab (Riff Raff)
The Rocky Horror Show

When they reach the castle, tired and soaked to the skin, they get more than they had bargained for when the castle door opens, and they meet a host of crazy characters that invite them in and out of the rain and things go south from there.

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Hillary Ekwall (Columbia), John Tracey Egan (Eddie)
The Rocky Horror Show

Characters include Riff Raff played by Jeff Rabb, his sister Magenta played by Leigh Martha Klinger, Columbia played by Hillary Ekwall, Phantom 1 and Usherette played by Brianna Bauch, Phantom 2 played by Stephen Petrovich, the one-and-only Frank ‘N’ Furter head of the castle played by Broadway actor Justin Johnston, and Domenic Servidio as "the creature with the Charles Atlas body" as the title character Rocky. MTC’s Co-Founder Jim Schilling plays The Narrator, and the two-act, fast-paced musical goes by in a blink of an eye.

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The Cast
The Rocky Horror Show

Complementing the outrageous and offbeat plot, the music is rock perfect with memorable songs including The Time Warp where "Rocky" fans get the chance to sing and dance at the end of the musical. So, if you are looking for a bit of campy fun, polish up your Time Warp moves and go and see The Rocky Horror Show. The musical runs until April 8, 2023.

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Domenic Servidio (Rocky), Justin Johnston (Frank ‘N’ Furter)
The Rocky Horror Show

For the past 37 years, the Music Theatre of Connecticut has delivered world-class entertainment to the Norwalk stage. Upcoming shows for the 2023- 2024 season include Million Dollar Quartet (September 15 – October 1, 2023), Clybourne Park (November 3 – 19, 2023), The Legend of Georgia McBride (February 16 – March 3, 2024), and Ghost The Musical (April 12 – 28, 2024).

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Skye Gillespie (Janet), Justin Johnston (Frank ‘N’ Furter)
The Rocky Horror Show

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!

The Rocky Horror Show Schedule: Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The runtime is 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 15-minute intermission.

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Brianna Bauch (Usherette)
The Rocky Horror Show

Special Notes: "The Rocky Horror Show" is for adult audiences and contains mature language and themes. For the safety of the live actors and other audience members, bringing or throwing props is NOT permitted. Costumes and shout outs are encouraged."

"There is one-mask required performance on Friday, March 24, 2023, at 8:00 pm."

For information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website: https://www.musictheatreofct.com/, call the box office at 1-203-454-3883, or email them at: admin@musictheatreofct.com.

The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm and 2 hours before every performance.

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John Tracey Egan (Dr. Scott), Jim Schilling (The Narrator)
The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show – The Cast

Brianna Bauch
Phantom 1/Usherette
John Tracey Egan
Eddie/Dr. Scott
Hillary Ekwall
Skye Gillespie
Justin Johnston
Frank ‘N’ Furter
Leigh Martha Klinger
Michael Luongo
Stephen Petrovich
Phantom 2
Jeff Rabb
Riff Raff
Jim Schilling
The Narrator
Domenic Servidio

The Rocky Horror Show – The Band

Tony Bellomy
Keyboard 1/Conductor
Rodney Loren
Keyboard 2
Max Caserta
Nick DeVito
Alan Lounsbury
Bass Guitar
Michael Blancaflor

The Rocky Horror Show – The Creative Team

Richard O’Brien
Book, Music, Lyrics
Diane Vanderkroef
Costume Design
Sean Sanford
Scenic & Props Design
RJ Romeo
Lighting Design
Dan O’Driscoll
Fight & Intimacy Choreography
Chris McNiff
Tony Bellomy
Musical Direction
Abbey Murray
Stage Manager
Kevin Connors

Current and Upcoming MainStage Productions for 2023 – 2024

The Rocky Horror Show
March 17-April 2, 2023
Million Dollar Quartet
September 15- October 1, 2023
Clybourne Park
November 3 – 19, 2023
The Legend of Georgia McBride
February 16 – March 3, 2024
Ghost The Musical
April 12 -28, 2024

Current and Upcoming MTC New Voices – A Reading Series of New Plays by Contemporary Playwrights (Tuesdays at 7:00 pm)

Heading Out by Robert Schneider
March 21, 2023
Taming The Lion by Jack Rushen
April 11, 2023

About MTC

"Music Theatre of Connecticut is the premier provider of musical theatre performance and training. Founded in 1987, we produce an annual series of Equity productions featuring New York professionals (MTC MainStage), numerous annual student productions, and a conservatory-style School of Performing Arts with curriculum-based training for students ages four through high school, including the nationally recognized College-Bound in the Performing Arts program for performance career-focused high school students."

"The Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) was founded in 1987 by Kevin Connors (Artistic Director and Co-Founder) and Jim Schilling (Co-Founder), where MTC’s focus is musical theatre performance and training."

For more information on the Music Theatre of Connecticut, please visit their website: www.MusicTheatreofCT.com.

Music Theatre of Connecticut - Norwalk, CT

Music Theatre of Connecticut
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United States
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