The Rocky Horror Show, Wade Madsen, and The Creation


If you've never experienced either the cult film or original stage version, this new production of the ambisexual musical at The 5th Avenue has some kick to it: It's fun to hear a place that is usually home to My Fair Lady and its cleanly ilk alive with the dirty catcalls that the piece inspires, and if the sight of Cheyenne Jackson's Rocky (center) in gold lamé short-shorts doesn't get your blood moving to the necessary organs you may as well unplug yourself. But the experience is otherwise limp where it should be stiff: Doug Tompos' Frank-N-Furter lacks the feline carnality so associated with the lascivious role, and almost all of the numbers cry out for real rock 'n' roll heat (when is someone going to tell director David Armstrong that choreography has never been his strong suit?). Go if you're curious and cheerfully forgiving; stick to the midnight movie if you're a hard-core devotee. The 5th Avenue, 1308 Fifth Ave., 206-292-ARTS. $15-$57. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed.; 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Sept. 28. STEVE WIECKING WADE MADSEN

Last year's premiere of Don's Party, a high-style soiree with Cervantes language from Don Quixote transplanted into a 1960's cocktail party, linked the tension of that era with our own, as we prepared to go to war looking for "weapons of mass destruction." Seen now, as we deal with the aftermath, Madsen's brittle partygoers seem more vulnerable, keeping up appearances while things go wrong underneath. On the Boards Studio Theater, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888. $7. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fri. Sept. 26 - Sun. Sept. 28. SANDRA KURTZ THE CREATION

No piece of music had ever spread as quickly through Europe as did Haydn's The Creationsoon after its 1799 public premiere, the 90-minute oratorio was played and acclaimed from Spain to Russia. Haydn drew on the full resources of the orchestra to paint picturesque details from the awe-inspiring to the homely, from the pre-creation Void to the sounds of insects and worms, and caught the temper of his time just as expertlythe cusp between the Age of Enlightenment and the Romantic era, with Voltaire and the American Revolution behind him and Beethoven and Byron on the horizon. George Shangrow leads Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers in this performance. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-682-5208. $14-$25. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 25. GAVIN BORCHERT

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