Rocky Horror: Who Sings What?

I created this page as an inventory of which cast/characters sing which songs to see roughly who gets the most appearances in the show.  It's not scientific by any stretch since, for example, I'm counting Janet on "I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)" when she's only got one line.  Both Riff and Magenta are credited for SFDF since she sang it in the stage production and he in the film (but it's her lips on the screen).  All background vocals are credited to the Transylvanians just because they're usually the choral group in the song.



Here's a complete listing of who contributes to each song.  It's not scientific by any stretch since, for example, I'm counting Janet on "I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)" when she's only got one line.  Both Riff and Magenta are credited for SFDF since she sang it in the stage production and he in the film (but it's her lips on the screen).  All background vocals are credited to the Transylvanians just because they're usually the choral group in the song.  However, other tables/listings after this go more into the specifics according to just what contribution each character makes to each song.


Frank-N-Furter
Janet Brad Riff-Raff Magenta Columbia Dr.Scott Rocky Criminologist Eddie Transylvanians
Science Fiction Double Feature


X X





Dammit, Janet
X X







Over at the Frankenstein Place
X X X





X
The Time Warp


X X X

X
X
Sweet Transvestite X
X X
X




The Sword Of Damocles






X

X
I Can Make You a Man X









Hot Patootie








X
I Can Make You a Man (Reprise) X X








Toucha Toucha Touch Me X X X X X X X X


Once In A While

X







Eddie's Teddy X X


X X
X X
Planet, Schmanet, Janet X X X


X
X

Floor Show… Rose Tint My World
X X

X
X


Don’t Dream It… Be It X




X


X
Wild and Untamed Thing X

X






I'm Going Home X









Super Heroes
X X




X

Science Fiction (Reprise) X

X







When you break it down by how much each of the cast sings, you realize one of the most important components of the show's success: how evenly distributed the material is.  Yes, the show's leads do sing more than the supporting characters, but everyone gets a chance to chime in occasionally, and that keeps things fresh for the audience.


Songs according to character

I divided things up into three categories

This sort of tallies vocal contributions in a bit more intuitively-obvious way, so I arranged the cast in decreasing order.  In doing so, a pattern emerged that divided them into three distinct groups.

First tier - Lead in multiple songs.

Frank-N-Furter - He gets to do the lead on more songs than anyone, and he steals the show regardless.  Never plays a supporting character except the "What a guy" line on "Eddie's Teddy."

Janet - Does a couple leads, but also gets a full verse on several songs and then has a few lines.

Brad - Might have gotten higher billing than Janet if "Once in a While" hadn't been cut, but he's on a lot of other tracks.

Riff Raff - Has three songs (two of which are entirely him) and gets a couple verses elsewhere as well.

Second tier - 
Lead in one song.

Dr. Scott - Gets a lead and a couple verses.

Rocky - Gets a lead and a verse plus a line.

Eddie - Gets a lead and a verse.

Third tier - No leads.

Columbia - Gets several verses in which to shine.

The Criminologist - Some stray lines plus a verse.

Magenta - Only gets the occasionally line.


Comparison with the movie billing

The above accounting is looking only at the musical contributions of the cast.  However, it does line up with the movie's billing for the four leads.  Where it gets a little shakey are issues such as Eddie only appearing in the film for one song (and a verse in another), and that's the entirety of his role.  That's not much screen time even though he did get to sing the lead while he was there.  Conversely, Magenta sings almost nothing in the film, but she's there from the time Brad and Janet arrive at the castle until the castle leaves Brad and Janet, so she is billed just below Riff.

Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter: A scientist.
Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss: A heroine.
Barry Bostwick as Brad Majors: A hero.
Richard O'Brien as Riff Raff: A handyman.
Patricia Quinn as Magenta: A domestic.
Nell Campbell (credited as Little Nell) as Columbia: A groupie.
Jonathan Adams as Dr. Everett V. Scott: A rival scientist.
Peter Hinwood as Rocky Horror: A creation.
Charles Gray as The Criminologist: An expert.
Meat Loaf (credited as Meatloaf) as Eddie: An ex-delivery boy.


Contributions by song

Instead of by character, I also did the above by song.


Song Lead Verse Line(s)
Science Fiction Double Feature Riff --- ---
Dammit, Janet Brad Janet ---
Over at the Frankenstein Place Janet Riff/Brad* ---
The Time Warp Riff Magenta/Columbia Criminologist
Sweet Transvestite Frank --- Riff/Columbia
The Sword Of Damocles Rocky --- ---
I Can Make You a Man Frank --- ---
Hot Patootie Eddie --- ---
I Can Make You a Man (Reprise) Frank --- Janet
Toucha Toucha Touch Me Janet --- Magenta/Columbia/Rocky/Dr.Scott/Riff
Once In A While Brad --- ---
Eddie's Teddy Dr.Scott Columbia/Eddie Frank/Janet/Criminologist
Planet, Schmanet, Janet Frank Dr.Scott/Brad Janet/Criminologist
Floor Show… Rose Tint My World --- Columbia/Rocky/Brad/Janet ---
Don’t Dream It… Be It Frank Dr.Scott ---
Wild and Untamed Thing Frank Riff ---
I'm Going Home Frank --- ---
Super Heroes --- Brad/Janet/Criminologist ---
Science Fiction (Reprise) Riff --- ---

*Brad sings a verse of "Over at the Frankenstein Place" in the stage version.  This is absent from the film.


Songs according to distribution of vocal parts

The songs can also be divided up by the work-load.  Some songs are solo numbers, then there are songs that are solo except for a verse by another character, and finally there are a couple ensemble pieces where different characters each take a verse.

Solo songs

Solo except for a verse

Ensemble

*As is mentioned above, Brad sings a verse of "Over at the Frankenstein Place" in the stage version.  This is absent from the film.
**I am including "Sword Of Damocles" here because there was a verse by another character in the stage production.  That was cut for the film at the script stage of production.

Note: Comparisons like the above are difficult to reconcile with the original stage musical because some songs were absent from the first performances of the show.  Specifically, "
I Can Make You a Man" (and the Reprise), "Eddie", and "Planet, Schmanet Janet" were not originally in the show.  Conversely, "Once in a While" was originally in the stage production and was filmed, but was ultimately cut before the movie premiered.  (Also, "Sweet Transvestite" came before "The Time Warp" rather than the other way around, as in the film.)
   

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