Michael Thomas Holmes and Tim Rogan have joined the cast of “The Rocky Horror Show” at Bucks County Playhouse. Holmes will play Dr. Scott/The Narrator and Rogan will play Rocky. They replaced previously announced cast members Jennifer Van Dyck and Erik Altemus, respectively.
Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser, and Producers Stephen Kocis and Joshua Fiedler announced the casting change in preparation for opening night, which is scheduled for Friday, October 12.
Directed by Playhouse Artistic Associate Hunter Foster, who directed this season’s record-breaking “Million Dollar Quartet” and choreographed by Playhouse Artistic Associate Lorin Latarro, “The Rocky Horror Show” will play through October 28.
Michael Thomas Holmes appeared with Jason Alexander and Martin Short in “The Producers” and in Broadway’s “Oklahoma!” Tim Rogan has been on national tours of “Camelot” as Lancelot and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” as Gaston.
This year to add to the fun, all patrons will have Time Warp seats. A Playhouse prop bag will be available for each attendee and everyone will be invited to come up on stage and dance the Time Warp with the cast.
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. This production will see the return of Alyse Alan Louis as Janet (Broadway’s Original Cast of “Amélie” and “Mamma Mia”), Erik Altemus as Rocky (Lewis in the Original Broadway Revival Cast and 1st National Tour of “Pippin”), and Danielle Diniz as a Phantom (National Tour of “Dirty Dancing”). They are joined by Playhouse “Rocky” first-timers including: 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). Musical Director is Will Shuler. Casting by Geoff Josselson, CSA and Kaitlin Shaw, CSA of Tara Rubin Casting.
“The Rocky Horror Show,” with book, music, and lyrics by Richard O’Brien, is a musical that inspired the 1975 classic cult film, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It follows innocent couple Brad and Janet as they seek shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite Dr. FrankN-Furter, his “perfect” creation Rocky, and an assortment of other crazy creatures.
“The Rocky Horror Show” will run from October 12 through October 28 with select special late night showings. “The Rocky Horror Show” will play the following schedule: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.; October 14, 21 and 28 at 3:00 p.m., and October 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $60. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. No outside prop bags permitted will be permitted.
For full details, and to purchase tickets, please visit buckscountyplayhouse.org, call 215-862-2121, or visit the box office at 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA.
ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Bucks County Playhouse is a year-round, nonprofit theatre that has grown to a $6 million producing organization with an annual audience of over 73,000. Founded in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill, Bucks County Playhouse quickly became “the most famous summer theatre in America,” featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlisle, Angela Lansbury, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli and remained in continuous operation until 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. This fall, the Playhouse will unveil a 4,000 square foot Delaware-river facing restaurant and bar expansion.
In 2014, Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman took the helm of the Playhouse, and today the Playhouse has reclaimed its reputation of attracting Broadway and Hollywood artists. Its productions of “Company” starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were named by Wall Street Journal to its “Best of Theatre” list for 2015. The 2017 season included four world premieres and audiences grew by over 34%. Box office record has been repeatedly broken by signature productions of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “Steel Magnolias” directed by Marsha Mason, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” “42nd Street,” and “Guys & Dolls” directed by Hunter Foster. The creative teams who come to create new productions at the Playhouse are among the most talented artists working in the professional theatre today and relish the opportunity to work on the historic stage where Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Jessica Walter began their careers.