Rocky Horror Show Music Orchestration

rockyhorror_cover.jpgRichard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show music score calls for Piano/Conductor’s Score, Synthesizer, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums. Having not received the scores yet, I am not clear yet whether the Bb Tenor Saxophone part is only played by a character or played throughout.


The Rocky Horror Show – The New Broadway Cast Recording (RCA Victor 2001) – More than 25 years after the “Time Warp” The Rocky Horror Show returns to Broadway.

The new cast recording is a fresh serving of 70’s hedonism and raunch, with such songs as “I Can Make You a Man,” “Science Fiction Double Feature,” and “Damn It, Janet.”

Rocky Horror ShowThe Rocky Horror Show started on stage in London, flopped on Broadway, then was reborn in the 1975 cult film. With memorable characters including the super-square Brad Majors, his virginal fiancee, Janet Weiss, and Dr. Frank N. Furter, Rocky Horror is as much a part of 70’s rock history as Led Zeppelin.

The hit production reopened in November 2000, and includes Alice Rippley as Janet Weiss, Tom Hewitt as Frank N. Furter (the role made famous by Tim Curry) and Jarrod Emick as Brad Majors. Also appearing is Dick Cavett.

Rocky Horror ShowThe soundtrack was recorded on March 12, 2001, at Clinton Recording Studio A in New York City, with a band that included Henry Aronson as conductor and keyboardist, Jon Korba on synthesizer, Clint de Ganon on drums, Irio O’Farrill, Jr. on bass, John Benthal on guitar, and Lou Marini on saxophone.

If you’ve never seen The Rocky Horror Show, then get acquainted with the new Broadway cast recording.


  • Many months later…
    As I’m sure you’ve realized if you ever got the scores, the ones provided are not very useful and neither match the original London production or the film very well.

    For our current production, I have had to write vocal chorus parts for our ensemble, because there are none provided in the piano-conductor score.

    Much of the instrumentation is awful, so I’ve rewritten much of the parts, sourcing the film soundtrack and that of the numerous CDs that have been put out. It seems that everyone does what I’m doing. They all sound like they are simply based upon the provided orchestrations, and the music director wrote or rewrote parts.

  • Hi Alex,
    How would you like to be my new best friend?

  • Haha… Sometimes I feel like the only broadway orchestration nerd. You know, the kind that feels like getting his hands on a new score is like opening a present on Christmas morning.

  • Hey, liking broadway orchestrations doesn’t make you nerdy. In fact there used to be a Broadway Orchestration Gang – problem was that when they got together the dance music from West Side Story starting playing in the background…….

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