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Cast

Craig McLachlan

FRANK N FURTER

Craig McLachlan ( FRANK N FURTER )

With a career spanning almost 30 years, Gold Logie winner Craig McLachlan is one of Australia’s most versatile talents.  Versatile indeed, considering he is currently entertaining audiences with two distinctly different doctors, the Transylvanian transsexual Dr Frank N Furter, and TV’s crime-solving supremo, Dr Lucien Blake.

His list of television credits include The Young Doctors, Neighbours, Home and Away, Heroes, Always Greener, Superfire, Blackjack, My Husband My Killer, McLeod’s Daughters, City Homicide, The Cut, Rescue: Special Ops, Lowdown, Heroes’ Mountain, Through My Eyes and the smash-hit UK BBC 1 series Bugs.

More recently, Craig has appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles, Packed to the Rafters, At Home with Julia, House Husbands and Redfern Now 2. It is, of course, his on-going role as the complex and compelling Dr Lucien Blake in The Doctor Blake Mysteries that sees him once again delighting television audiences both here and abroad. Craig’s commitment to ‘the good doctor’ was recognized last year with a Silver Logie nomination in the peer-voted Most Outstanding Actor category.

Craig has notched up feature credits in Let’s Get Skase, Hating Alison Ashley, Savages Crossing and The Great Raid.

As a singer/songwriter Craig has enjoyed international success. Here at home, his biggest hit – the re-working of the Bo Didley classic, Monawon him an ARIA Award. He continues to compose and produce music for film and television.

On stage Craig has enjoyed leading roles, both in Australia and the UK. His theatre credits include Grease, Happy Days the Arena Spectacular, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, White Christmas and Chicago. However, it all started with Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in 1992… and in 2014, with Frank’s help, he won the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical.

It’s been 23 years since Craig last invited anyone ‘up to the lab, to see what’s on the slab’, but his fishnets have never been far away. He is delighted to be applying the lippy for the continuing 40th anniversary. Enchanté!

AMY LEHPAMER

JANET

AMY LEHPAMER ( JANET )

 @AmyLehpamer

Audiences will most recently have seen Amy playing the role of Reza in the Gordon Frost Organisation/MTC’s co-production, Once. Sydney audiences enjoyed her coruscating performance as Christine Colgate in the comedy hit musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Amy’s stellar portrayal of this con artist par excellence earned her the BroadwayWorld Sydney Best Actress in a Musical Award, as well as a Sydney Theatre Award Best Actress nomination in 2013.

Amy launched her musical theatre career playing the lead role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, for which she received both Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations, and she was the winner of theatrepeople.com.au Best Female Actor in a Musical Award 2011.

In 2012 Amy created the title role of Margaret Fulton in the new Australian musical Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert (Theatreworks) that received widespread critical acclaim. Her other theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera (Malthouse and Victorian Opera), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Songs for a New World (Doorstep Ensemble), and Young Phyllis in Follies (The Production Company).

Having been part of the original cast of Eddie Perfect’s Shane Warne – The Musical, Amy later reprised her role for the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, with seasons in Adelaide and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

On screen, Amy also holds credits in prime time television shows, including The Time of Our Lives, Winners and Losers, House Husbands and the HBO mini-series The Pacific. Amy features in Vis A Vis, winner of the 2014 British Independent Film Festival award for Best Short Film.

Amy was awarded a grant from the ABC and Screen Australia to write and produce a comedy web series for its Fresh Blood initiative. Co-written with Lewis Hobba and Brent Hill and also starring Amy, the musical comedy Donnatelegrams premiered on ABC iView in June 2014.

Amy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature and Japanese, she also holds an Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA) for violin.

STEPHEN MAHY

BRAD

STEPHEN MAHY ( BRAD )

 @StephenMahy

Stephen Mahy is a fine young actor who trained at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Upon graduation, Stephen was cast in the Australasian tour of Miss Saigon, which toured around the country to great reviews as did his on-screen guest appearance in Southern Star’s Out of the Blue. 2008 saw Stephen take the key role of Laurie Laurence in Kookaburra Theatre Company’s production of Little Women, followed by a great role in a new production called Karaoke – The Musical.

The demand for Stephen intensified leading to him being cast as one of the Four Season’s crooners, Bob Gaudio, in Jersey Boys for the Australian sell out tour. You may also recognise Stephen as a finalist on Channel Ten’s I Will Survive TV show or from his guest staring role on Mr and Mrs Murder as Dave Foote.

In 2013 Stephen delighted packed houses in his role as Mr Hugh Hanson in SPANK! The 50 Shades Parody. Later in 2013, Stephen was cast in the Gordon Frost Organisation production of Grease as the one and only, Kenickie. In 2014 Stephen was cast as Danny in the Singapore tour of Grease.

Kristian Lavercombe

Riff Raff

Kristian Lavercombe ( Riff Raff )

 @lavercombe

A graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in New Zealand, Kristian’s latest role was as Jesus in The Auckland Theatre Companies production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In recent years Kristian has notched up over 800 performances of The Rocky Horror Show having played Riff Raff in the UK’s 40th Anniversary Tour, the Australian tour, and also the Korean/ Singapore/ New Zealand tour where he performed alongside the show’s creator and original Riff Raff, Richard O’Brien (who played the Narrator).

 

Aside from Rocky Horror, Kristian has had leading roles in over 30 professional productions. Highlights include Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Auckland Theatre Company), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Downstage Theatre), Dodger in Oliver! (The Court Theatre), Puck in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (Christchurch Arts Festival) and The Dark Lady in the New Zealand tour of This Holy Fire of Love (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra).

 

Other notable shows include Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Amy’s View, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Complete Works of Shakespeare – Abridged, Skylight, Antony and Cleopatra, Alice, Caesar and Cleopatra, Mother Courage, The Queen and I (Court Theatre), My First Time (Fortune Theatre), Rent (Auckland Musical Theatre), The Wizard Of Oz (Peach Theatre) Hushabye Mountain (Auckland International Comedy Festival), Amadeus (Theatre Alive), The Fantasticks (CAN Professional Theatre), Sinbad (The Actors Company) and Tarquin in the TV series Dark Knight (Palana Productions).

 

Kristian has recently finished writing a rock-musical with his fellow Rocky Horror cast member Craig McLachlan. You can find out more via his website www.kristianlavercombe.com or you can follow him on twitter @lavercombe

JAYDE WESTABY

MAGENTA

JAYDE WESTABY ( MAGENTA )

 @jaydewestaby

Jayde trained at Bird College of Performing Arts in London.

Jayde’s credits include playing the role of Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour), Mona and covering Velma Kelly in Chicago (London West End), Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys (London West End), Rosie in Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory), Anita on the 50th Anniversary tour of West Side Story, Rizzo in Grease (West End), Stephanie Mangano on the UK and Asian tour of Saturday Night Fever, Ali in Mamma Mia! (international tour), the original London cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie (London West End) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour).

Jayde worked in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London. Recently, Jayde worked on the new American series Galavant.

Nicholas Christo

Eddie / Dr Scott

Nicholas Christo ( Eddie / Dr Scott )

Nicholas has most recently been seen in Love Child on the Nine Network playing the part of Dr Baxter. He has been the recipient of a Western Australian Equity Award (A Swell Party) and was the winner of the Sydney Cabaret Showcase Competition for 2005. Nicholas was nominated for the 2008 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Cabaret for The Fabulous Frances Faye in Australia. Nicholas subsequently toured this show to New York, the Adelaide Cabaret and FEAST Festivals, Mardi Gras Festival, His Majesty’s Theatre (WA), Belvoir for B Sharp and QPAC for their 12 Acts of Cabaret Festival. Well Swung (My career is failing so I have to do a Swing Show), his last cabaret show, had outings at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival and at His Majesty’s Theatre (WA).

Nicholas’ theatrical performance credits include Charles Guiteau in Assassins (Watch This), Jesus in Dreamsong (Melbourne Arts Centre), Kromov in The Merry Widow, KoKo alternate in The Mikado, Salvador Dali in The Barber of Seville and Zoltan Kaparthy in My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), Thomas Williamson in The Hatpin (Whitebox/Neil Gooding Productions), Motel/Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof (TML), Louis in Sunday in the Park with George (Q Theatre), Jay Yates in Titanic (Seabiscuit Productions), Mordred in Camelot (The Production Company) and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl for His Majesty’s Theatre (WA).

Writing and development credits include Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black for Lucy Maunder, Jim Morrison: Kaleidescope with Luigi Lucente, Marlene vs Freeda Corset for Damian Ross, All the Way: A Tribute to Sammy Cahn for Laura Bernay, Shopping Centre Santa with James Millar, Doorknockers for Chrissy O’Neill and Nicholas Moorehead and two Downstairs at the Maj Cabaret Soiree seasons (Sondheim and Loesser).

Nicholas is also the co-author of the hit school production POPSTARS the 90s Musical! with Neil Gooding released through www.davidspicer.com.au

ANGELIQUE CASSIMATIS

COLUMBIA

ANGELIQUE CASSIMATIS ( COLUMBIA )

Described by Arts Review for her recent performance in Guilty Pleasures as “a triple-threat in the making”, Angelique began dance training at the age of two with The Dance Work in Brisbane. She continued her performance studies and attended the Australian Dance Performance Institute, focusing on dance and musical theatre. Her first musical was in the Brisbane season of Annie in 2000.

Since that time, Angelique has performed in a variety of shows throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand, including dancing her way around the world onboard the Pacific Princess. She has starred in High School Musical (2008 – 2009), understudying the role of Kelsi, and was an original cast member in the hit musical Mary Poppins (2010 – 2012) for the duration of the Australian and New Zealand tours.    Angelique was also thrilled to be a part of the world premiere of King Kong Live On Stage (2013 – 2014) where she understudied and performed the lead role, Ann Darrow. Angelique’s other work includes playing a hot box girl in the Production Company’s Guys and Dolls (2014). Most recently, Angelique played five unique characters in Guilty Pleasures, an original one woman show created especially for her, to superlative reviews.

Angelique was delighted to have her work acknowledged by being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Rob Guest Endowment Awards.

“She is quite spectacular and moves lithely like a panther…” – Stage Whispers

Brendan Irving

Rocky

Brendan Irving ( Rocky )

 @brendan_irving

With a strong training history behind him, Brendan Irving is an incredibly versatile young talent. After graduating from NIDA with BA (Music Theatre), Brendan received the Bound For Broadway Scholarship from the Talent Development Project & American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Brendan then went on to perform as a soloist for legendary lyricist Sheldon Harnick’s Broadway Up Close and Personal at The John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and the Rick Jensen directed cabaret Bound for Broadway in New York.

Back home, Brendan has since made a strong name for himself, understudying Zack Mayo in Gordon Frost Organisation’s 2012 production of An Officer and A Gentleman, performing regularly at Sydney’s Slide Lounge El Circo as an aerialist as well as joining Sydney cabaret star Marika Aubrey in a beautiful performance at Light The Night 2014.

In his biggest role yet, Brendan is pleased to be appearing as Rocky in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show.

BERT NEWTON

THE NARRATOR

BERT NEWTON ( THE NARRATOR )

Since television began in Australia, Bert Newton, with his twin talents as a natural comedian and compere, has been a favourite with the viewing public, visiting celebrities and critics alike. During a visit to Australia in 1983, Bob Hope said of Bert, “Personally, he is a fine man. Professionally, he is one of the best television performers I’ve ever seen.”

His remarkable career has been recognised by the awarding of 18 Logies including five Gold Logies. In 2006 and 2007 Bert was again nominated for Gold Logies.

For his radio work, Bert received the Inaugural Grand Pater in 1982. At 3UZ he won the Pater for the Most Popular Radio Personality. In 1988 he was awarded the Pater for the Year’s Best Radio Special, 3DB: The First 60 Years. This program also received a citation at the 1988 New York Radio Festival.

His dedicated professionalism was acknowledged with an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 1979, for services to the Performing Arts. In June 2006, Bert was awarded an AM, Member of the Order of Australia for service to the entertainment industry.

He made his radio debut at age 11 on 3XY. When he left school, St. Joseph’s Marist Brothers in North Fitzroy, Bert was given a full-time job with 3XY. Impressed by his talent and enthusiasm, the management put him on air as an announcer. He was 15 years of age!

Bert attracted the attention of the Seven Network prior to television arriving in Australia and was signed up for The Late Show. Bert’s opposition was Graham Kennedy. In March 1959 they ceased being rivals and teamed up on Channel Nine. It was the start of an historic partnership that viewers were to love when the inimitable team were In Melbourne Tonight. In 1975 Bert and Don Lane combined in the highest rating national tonight show in Australia’s history The Don Lane Show.

Theatrically Bert has appeared in the title role of two productions of The Wizard of Oz, with Tamsin West, Nikki Webster, Nancye Hayes, Pamela Rabe and his wife Patti Newton. In 1999/2000 he was Uncle Max in The Sound of Music with Lisa McCune, Rachael Beck, Anne Wood, John Waters and dear friend Rob Guest. In 2004/2005 Bert played Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks’ New Musical The Producers. Bert took over the role of The Wizard in the blockbuster musical Wicked, and played the Australian tour and the Singapore season. In John Frost’s 2012 production of Annie, Bert played President Roosevelt during the Melbourne and Perth seasons, and most recently has spent 18 months playing DJ Vince Fontaine in the national tour of Grease.

For 14 years he was the face of morning television on the Ten Network’s Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton.

Meghan O’shea

Phantom

Meghan O’shea ( Phantom )

In 2009 Meghan graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, and upon graduating was awarded the Hal Leonard Award for Contribution to the Academy. Prior to WAAPA, Meghan appeared in the role of Young Cosette in Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh 10th Anniversary Tour), Romeo and Juliet (English National Ballet) as well as studying jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and completing her Advanced 1 R.A.D. classical ballet certificate at Sayers Dance Centre in Brisbane.

2010 saw Meghan originate the role of Ella in the new Australian production of Dumped! The Musical We’ve All Been Through! (Theatre Tours Australia) and also appear as Laurey Williams in Oklahoma! (IAJ International). Meghan then went on to perform in the Korean and New Zealand tours of The Rocky Horror Show (TML Enterprises) as a Phantom and understudy to Janet, Columbia and Magenta. In 2011 she then joined the Australian Tour of the musical Breast Wishes (Bien Etre Productions) in the role of Sal.

Meghan then went into the national tour of A Chorus Line (TML Enterprises), performing the role of Trisha as well as understudying the roles of Val, Maggie, Connie and Judy. Following this, she joined the 2014 Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show. Meghan is thrilled to be returning to the Rocky Horror Show once again, and would like to thank her incredible family and friends for their constant love and support.

SUZANNE STEELE

PHANTOM

SUZANNE STEELE ( PHANTOM )

Originally from Brisbane, Suzanne has harboured her love of the stage since she commenced tuition with Lenore Robbins at the age of four. She continued on at the Australian Acting Academy and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. Deciding at 17 that musical theatre was her niche, she made the move to Melbourne to study at Dance World Studios graduating in 2003.

Suzanne’s most recent professional credits include crossover swing/Nessarose cover in the Australian tour of Wicked (GFO), Barry Humphries’ 50th Anniversary Australian tour Back With A Vengeance! (Dainty Group) and lead singer for Crown special events. She has had the privilege of travelling the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a dancer, Disney’s Roadshow Tour, Universal Studios Japan as a singer/dancer, and lead singer of numerous corporate events.

Suzanne would like to thank her family and friends for their enduring support.

DARREN TYLER

PHANTOM

DARREN TYLER ( PHANTOM )

Darren’s theatre credits include the Australasian production of Cats (Really Useful Company), Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh/ LWAA) as Dance Captain, Thoroughly Modern Millie as Dance Captain and assistant to choreographer Dana Jolly (The Production Company), Saturday Night Fever as Bobby C (DAE), Showboat (Livent/Marriner), Happy Days (Paul Dainty), Pan where he understudied and performed the role of Peter Pan (M.E.A.G./Kevin Jacobson),  Anything Goes (The Production Company), and as Dance Captain in Showboat (The Production Company)  Oliver (Cameron Mackintosh/IMG), Legally Blonde (GFO), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and John Frost’s production of Annie where he also worked as Resident Director.

Darren would like to dedicate his performance to his cousin Robyn who was a huge fan of Rocky Horror. He knows she’ll be watching from the best seat in the house.

DREW WESTON

PHANTOM

DREW WESTON ( PHANTOM )

 @drewboyweston

Drew was born in Melbourne and is a graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). In the few short years since graduating, he has fast made his mark on the Australian and international theatre scene.

In his first job out Drew received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Curly in IAJ International’s production of Oklahoma. He then went straight on to appear in the original cast of the Australian tour of Macintosh Disney’s Mary Poppins, where he understudied the role of Bert. He then performed alongside Caroline O’Connor in The Production Company’s, Gypsy and was also a featured soloist in GWB production of Ultimate Broadway in Shanghai.

Drew appears on the original cast recording of The Silver Donkey by Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant and travelled to New York to work with theatre composer Drew Gasparini (NBC’s Smash) where he was asked to appear on his compilation album I Could Use A Drink, which features Tony Award nominees and is available on iTunes. Drew has recently returned home after working on stage and screen in London. His recent credits there include Apartment 40C, in which he originated the role of Ed, and the new US television series Galavant (ABC). Drew’s other television credits include Isaac in Winners and Losers (Channel 7).

NICHOLAS EATON

SWING / DANCE CAPTAIN

NICHOLAS EATON ( SWING / DANCE CAPTAIN )

 @Nick_Eat0n

Always passionate in his desire to work in the entertainment industry, Nicholas has studied all facets of the performing arts. In 2006, he graduated from the Brent Street School of the Performing Arts and went on to join the cast of Cats, performing the role of Alonzo/The Rumpus Cat in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and China.

Nicholas has performed throughout Australia and internationally with The Entertainment Store, MEI Worldwide, X Systems, Pen2Stage and Disney special events. He made his Australian musical theatre debut in The Production Company’s 2009 season of The Boyfriend. Other theatre credits include War Horse (Joey Heart), Mary Poppins -The Musical (Bert Understudy) and Singin’ In The Rain (Sid Phillips). Nicholas has recently returned from the UK where he performed the role of Quale in Kilworth House Theatre’s production of South Pacific.