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Queer as Folk’s Randy Harrison Joins the Rocky Horror Show Playhouse Cast in 2017

Photos by Mark Garvin

Continuing a Halloween-season tradition at the historic New Hope venue, Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) presents its popular production of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” for an extended run through Sunday, October 29, 2017. Randy Harrison, best known for the iconic role of Justin on Showtime’s Queer as Folk, joins the cast and makes his Playhouse debut in the role of as Dr. Frank-n-Furter. Bucks County Playhouse’s Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Joshua Fiedler are pleased that the production is directed by Hunter Foster (BCP’s “Clue: On Stage” and “Guys and Dolls”) with choreography by Lorin Latarro (BCP’s “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” and Broadway’s “Waitress”).

With such a strong reception in 2016, the Playhouse is offering more “Rocky” — adding an extra week of performances, increasing the number of shows, and adjusting the curtain times to make the late-night performances more convenient for patrons.

“We are excited with the response ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ received in its return last year and thrilled to be able to expand the performance schedule for 2017,” says producer Stephen Kocis. “The Rocky Horror Show’ has always been a great party show and has tremendous appeal to the Boomer Generation. The revised late-night schedule on weekends provides diehard ‘Rocky Horror’ fans a more convenient time to enjoy this wickedly fun musical at the Playhouse.”

Photos by Mark Garvin

Randy Harrison joins several actors returning to “The Rocky Horror Show” from past Playhouse productions including Nick Adams as Rocky (Broadway’s “Priscilla Queen of the Dessert,” “La Cage aux Folles”), Nick Cearley as Brad (BCP’s “Buyer and Cellar” and “The Skivvies”), Katie Anderson as Columbia (Northshore’s “Beauty and the Beast”) and Danielle Diniz as a Phantom (National Tour of “Dirty Dancing”).  They are joined by Playhouse “Rocky” first-timers Catherine Ricafort as Janet (Broadway’s “Honeymoon in Vegas” and “Holiday Inn”), Van Hughes as Riff Raff (Broadway’s “American Idiot” and “Spring Awakening”), Olivia Griffin as Magenta, Jeff Hiller as Narrator/Dr. Scott/Eddy (Shakespeare in the Park’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Broadway’s “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson”) and Julian Ramos as a Phantom (“Freaky Friday”).

The creative team includes David Arsenault and Wilson Chin (Co-Scenic Designers), Nicole V. Moody (Costume Design), Travis McHale (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Sound Design). Musical Director is Will Shuler.

“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. Frank-n-Furter, his “perfect” creation Rocky, and an assortment of other crazy creatures.

“The Rocky Horror Show” runs through October 29 with select special late-night showings. “The Rocky Horror Show” schedule is:  October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:00 p.m. and 11 p.m.; October 15, 22 and 29 at 3:00 p.m., and October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $40 – $70. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Special Time Warp seats are available and give ‘Rocky’ fans the ultimate experience, including front orchestra seating, a BCP prop bag and an invitation to come up on stage and dance the Time Warp with the cast.

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.

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