‘Rocky Horror Show’ returns to Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope Oct. 12

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Bucks County Playhouse will present its annual reprise of “The Rocky Horror Show” beginning Friday, Oct. 12.

The interactive, kitschy Halloween season favorite features Frank-N-Furter, a “transvestite from transsexual Transylvania,” among other outrageous characters.

“This show is all about atmospherics,” observed John Dwyer in his review if last year’s production. “It does not need to make a whole lot of sense. It revels in an “anything goes” playfulness and sexual bravado. Think of David Bowie and Mick Jagger producing an adult version of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” and this is their Halloween special.”

“The plot involves recently-engaged lovebirds Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who are stranded in a car with a flat tire on a cold and rainy night near Denton, Ohio,” he adds. “They are able to get to a nearby castle, where they hope to find a phone to get someone out to fix their car. Instead of finding salvation at the castle, they find the most debauched circumstances that a vampire could imagine. It is all a bit crazy, but this musical that debuted in 1973 in London, with an American premiere in Los Angeles in 1974, gives you a strange look backwards as it simultaneously looks to the future.”

Mason Alexander Park (direct from the National Tour of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) will make his Playhouse debut in the role of as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The show also sees the return of Alyse Alan Louis as Janet (“Amélie” and “Mamma Mia), Erik Altemus as Rocky (Lewis in the original broadway revival cast and national tour of “Pippin”), and Danielle Diniz as a Phantom (national tour of “Dirty Dancing”). They are joined by Playhouse “Rocky” first-timers Zach Cossman as Brad (BCP’s “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”), Daisy Wright as Columbia (Phyllis from BCP’s “42nd Street”), Trent Saunders as Riff Raff, Christina Sajous as Magenta (Broadway’s “Spongebob Squarepants” and “American Idiot”), Jennifer Van Dyck as Narrator/Dr. Scott (BCP’s “The Divine Sister”), and Alec Irion as Eddie.

The creative team includes Greg Santos (associate director), David L. Arsnault (scenic design), Nicole V. Moody (costume design), Travis McHale (lighting design), Bart Fasbender (sound design), Lorin Latarro (choreographer), Lisa Gajda (associate choreographer), Darcy Bert (props master), Will Shuler (misical director), and casting by Geoff Josselson and Kaitlin Shaw.

“The Rocky Horror Show” runs Oct. 12-28, with tickets starting at $60.

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