The cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show” is finally coming to The Phoenix Theatre Company stage after an 18-month delay caused by the global pandemic.
The show runs Oct. 6–Dec. 5, on the Phoenix stage at 1825 N. Central Ave.
The “Rocky Horror Show” famously combines science fiction, horror, comedy and music to transport audiences into a world with less discrimination and division. The “wonderfully weird” and “fabulously freaky” stage show, as it has been described, premiered in London in 1973, and tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids, who meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter by chance when their car breaks down on their way to visit their favorite college professor.
“The Rocky Horror Show has a special place in my heart,” Phoenix Theatre Company show director Robert Kolby Harper stated in a news release. “When I was a young adult growing up in Georgia, I saw this show and for the first time I was introduced to characters I could identify with. I saw characters who weren’t afraid to push boundaries, or be their authentic selves. That resonated with me, and I hope audiences at The Phoenix Theatre Company make connections to the eccentric characters, too.”
This show is full of classic songs including “Sweet Transvestite,” “Dammit Janet” and “Time Warp.” Valley artisans at the theatre have spent months creating sets and props as well as outrageous costumes. Cast members will play their own instruments on stage in this twisted rock musical masterpiece.
The Phoenix Theatre Company cast for “The Rocky Horror Show” includes Alyssa Chiarello as Janet; Kade Bailey as Brad; Sime Kosta as Frank-N-Furter; Michelle Chin as Phantom Janet; Ryan Ardelt as Phantom Brad; Chris Kane as Rocky; Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda as Dr. Scott; Michael Damian Fasano as Riff Raff; Kat Bailes as Columbia; Cullen Law as the Narrator; and Lynzee Foreman as Magenta.
With music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” has been performed worldwide for nearly 50 years, in more than 30 countries, on every continent and it has been translated into over 20 languages. The movie (based on the musical) debuted in 1975, and remains the longest-running release in film history.
Tickets on sale now. Call 602-254-2151 or visit phoenixtheatre.com.
At The Phoenix Theatre Company, masks are strongly encouraged. Upon arrival, all patrons will undergo a mandatory temperature check. Seating is not socially distanced. Safety protocols will continue to be updated.
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