Just in time for Halloween, Tony nominee Will Swenson will star as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. Directed by Tony nominee Hunter Foster, the musical will run from October 23 through November 2, with select special late night showings.
Swenson will be joined by an all-star cast including Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Janet, Nick Cearley (The Skivvies) as Brad and Foster's wife Jennifer Cody (Shrek) as Columbia. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Inspired by the 1975 cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Show centers on newly engaged couple Brad and Janet, who seek refuge at the home of a mad scientist during a violent storm. While spending the night in the mysterious castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Brad and Janet encounter a slew of eccentric personalities and the doctor’s newest creation, a perfect muscle specimen named Rocky Horror.
Featuring music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien, The Rocky Horror Show opened on Broadway on March 10, 1975, at the Belasco Theatre, with Tim Curry in the leading role of Frank-N-Furter. A Tony-nominated revival in 2000 at Circle in the Square Theatre starred Dick Cavett, Jarrod Emick, Tom Hewitt, Joan Jett, Alice Ripley, Raul Esparza and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
Lorin Latarro (Hands on a Hardbody, Scandalous) will choreograph the Bucks County production, with set design by David L. Arsenault and Wilson Chin, costumes by Nicole V. Moody and lighting by Travis McHale.
Swenson last appeared on Broadway in Priscilla Queen of the Desert; his other recent credits include Hair, 110 in the Shade, Lestat, Brooklyn and the off-Broadway musical Murder Ballad. Molina starred in Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd and the 2012 off-Broadway revival of Sondheim's Marry Me a Little. Cody's many Broadway credits include Shrek, The Pajama Game, Taboo, Urinetown, Seussical, Grease, Beauty and the Beast and Cats. Cearley appeared in the national tour of All Shook Up, and he performs with Molina as the nearly naked musical duo The Skivvies.