It’s time to break out those frequent flier miles and head to San Francisco, L.A. and Salt Lake City, with side trips to Bucks County, PA, and East Haddam CT. Why? Read on for details on this week’s irresistible lineup of theatrical events across the U.S.A.
NEW HOPE, PA
Damn It, Janet! Rocky Horror Goes to Bucks County
Just in time for Halloween, The Rocky Horror Show begins performances on October 23 at Bucks County Playhouse with a Broadway-worthy cast directed by Hunter Foster and led by Kevin Cahoon as Frank ‘N’ Furter, Lauren Molina as Janet, Nick Adams as Rocky, and Jeremy Kushnier as Riff Raff. Do the Time Warp to PA as fast as you can, because this red-hot tuner closes on November 2!
EAST HADDAM, CT
Stephen Schwartz Songs Create Musical Snapshots
The many hits of Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) form the score of Snapshots at the Goodspeed Opera House. Broadway favorites Karen Mason and Mark Jacoby play Sue and Dan, a couple that has drifted apart after 20 years of marriage. Elizabeth Stanley and Elphie Aardema play Susan and Susie; Matthew Scott and Dan DeLuca play Daniel and Danny in a production running from October 24 through November 17.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
David Strathairn Solves a Mystery
A decade before Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, Glen Berger wrote the hit solo play Underneath the Lintel, which centers on a librarian who discovers a book that’s 113 years overdue. Oscar nominee David Strathairn will lend his distinctive voice to this riveting ghost story at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. See him live from October 23 through November 17.
CULVER CITY, CA
Wannabe Rockers Don Black Suits
The teen dream of rock stardom comes to life at Center Theater Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in The Black Suits, featuring a score by Smash composer Joe Iconis. This world premiere musical centers on four young misfits who are determined to win a Battle of the Bands and escape from Garden City, Long Island. Plus, Annie Golden is in it! Embrace the dream from October 27 through November 24.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Utah Gets a New Desert
It’s Christmas Eve in Palm Springs—or should we say Salt Lake City, where Pioneer Theatre Company is presenting Jon Robin Baitz’s Tony-nominated hit Other Desert Cities from October 25 through November 9. The dysfunctional yet highly entertaining Wyeth clan will be played by Broadway vets Nancy Lemenager, Joyce Cohen, Dennis Parlato and Kate Skinner, plus Michael Ziabinger. Don’t miss it!