Daniel James stars in the Rocky Horror Show
What would Halloween be without some sexy Transylvanians doing the Time Warp again? The Rocky Horror Show is back in Toronto, and the Fallen Rock Productions cast has some hot gay talent. “I play Rocky, Frank’s creation,” says the hunky Daniel James. “I have had an absolute blast with this role; I had initially auditioned to play Brad, but when I was offered Rocky, I thought, ‘Wow, talk about motivation to get in shape and do something outside of my comfort zone!’ It’s been so much fun.”
James is joined by Jad Farris, an international performer making his Canadian debut in a certain role. Hint: sweet transvestite. “I play Frank-N-Furter,” Farris says. “And for those living under a rock he’s the ego-fabulous, sociopathic, exhibitionist transvestite scientist that runs the show over at the Frankenstein castle, where he lures straightlaced Brad and Janet and turns their lives upside down during the big reveal of his new man-toy, Rocky.”
For many, The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show is a Halloween tradition, but Farris stresses that there’s an important reason to get to Fallen Rock’s production. “We get to give back,” he explains. “Proceeds of the show are donated to POGO [Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario], an organization dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families. This is their seventh production with them, and they have raised almost $450,000 to date for various charities over the past 10 years.” James agrees the charity is the most important aspect but admits there’s an added bonus: “Audiences get to see a fantastic show and support a great cause at the same time. It doesn’t get any better than that. And if that doesn’t sell you — I’m wearing practically nothing and doing pushups the entire show, so . . .” Toucha-toucha-toucha-touch me!
The Rocky Horror Show runs Thurs, Oct 25–Sat, Nov 3, 8pm, 10pm show on Halloween. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. $25–50. fallenrock.ca