Well known for
being a poster girl for punk in her heyday, it
seems fitting that Toyah Willcox was chosen to be
the leading lady in Steve Steinman's smash hit
stage show, Vampires Rock.
Dubbed the new Rocky
Horror Show, Vampires Rock is set in the year
2030, when Baron Von Rockula (Steve Steinman) is
on the hunt for a new bride.
When Pandora Honey
Roseybox arrives to audition for the resident
vocalist position at the Live and Let Die Club,
little does she know the only job up for grabs is
to become the Baron's eternal bride.
At the heart of the show
is the evil Baron's attempt to convince Pandora
to lose her soul to rock and roll.
Cue songs from the likes
of Meat Loaf, Queen, Suzi Quatro, AC/DC, Guns 'n'
Roses, Bon Jovi and Alice Cooper.
And with a combination of
music, humour and the dark side, it's little
wonder the show, which premiered in 2004, quickly
secured itself a cult following.
Now Toyah Willcox is
joining the cast and the man behind the show,
Steve Steinman, on stage, propelling it into new
heights of fame.
"I was attracted to
this show from the start on many levels,"
Toyah said. "I knew it was successful and
knew it had a cult following.
"Steve Steinman is a
complete success story and that was one of the
reasons I wanted to get involved.
"He's an amazing
talented man, and to have put this show together,
as well as star in it, is a real achievement.
"The other reason was
the fact that this is a rock show.
"I grew up in
Birmingham when rock theatre was first created by
Alice Cooper and David Bowie and I loved it. This
is really a continuation of that."
Another element that has
amazed Toyah is the number of people who come to
the event dressed in gothic gear or as vampires,
ghosts and ghouls.
"I think that's
amazing and proves its success," she
"It's like when
people go to see The Rocky Horror show they get
all dressed up and I think that's what Vampires
Rock is becoming.
"More and more people
are talking about it and people will come back
and see it again and bring their friends, so it's
really exciting to be involved."
Steve Steinman added:
"The first five or six rows of people will
come to the show dressed in full gear, and that
seems to be growing as we take the shows out.
"It makes it more
fun, not just for us on stage, but also for the
audience. It makes for a great vibe."
As well as touring the UK,
Vampires Rock is heading to Las Vegas next year
and Steve is already in talks with TV bosses who
want to do a reality TV show on it going
Toyah said: "That
would be unbelievable if that happened, and would
really help to spread the word even faster."
Steve added: "This is
an absolutely amazing show and with the current
credit crunch under way is an absolute bargain.
"You get top music
with all of the hits everyone knows the words to,
a great storyline and some fabulous