"The Rocky Horror Show" has always had a strong cult following in Rochester — just take a look at how many groups screen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" throughout the fall — and now RAPA will stage its own production of the original 1973 classic. The musical premiered in the West End in 1973, opened on Broadway in 1975 (the same year as the film adaptation), and saw a Broadway revival in 2000. There will also be a live remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," starring Laverne Cox, broadcast on Fox next month.
In "The Rocky Horror Show," a young couple (Kyle Critelli and Abby Kate Herron in RAPA's production), take shelter from a storm in the home of Dr. Frank N. Furter (Eric Vaughn Johnson), "just a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania." But after the mad scientist reveals his creation — a blond, perfect man named Rocky Horror — things take a turn. The production is directed by Allan O'Grady Cuseo.
RAPA's "The Rocky Horror Show" will take place Friday, September 16, through Saturday, September 24, on the Allen Main Stage at the School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street. Fridays at 10 p.m.; Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 18, and Thursday, September 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door, online, or by calling 254-0073. For more information, visit rapatheatre.org.