Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis To Reprise Role In “Rocky Horror Show”

Jim Dabakis To Reprise Role In
Photo Courtesy: Pioneer Theatre Company

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – October 12, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Pioneer Theatre Company has announced Utah State Senator James Dabakis will reprise his role as The Narrator in this year’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show-Concert Version” this month.

The production will run for four performances at at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 South 1400 East, Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24.

Broadway’s Will Swenson will play the much-loved character Dr. Frank N. Furter. Swenson, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, most recently performed as Javert in Broadway’s “Les Misèrables.” In 2009, he was nominated for a Tony Award for the hit revival of “Hair,” and was also in Broadway’s “Brooklyn,” “Lestat,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “110 in the Shade.”

Directed and choreographed by PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg, the principal cast members include Eric Santagata and Ashley Carlson as Brad and Janet, David Beach as Dr. Scott, Ginger Bess as Magenta, Carlton Bluford as Riff-Raff, Adam Pellegrine as Rocky, and Latoya Rhodes as Columbia.

PTC produced “Rocky” in 2014, where it played to capacity audiences. A fun-loving tribute to horror and science fiction B-movies of years ago, “The Rocky Horror Show” tells the wacky tale of innocent couple Brad and Janet. Newly engaged, their car breaks down in the woods on the proverbial dark-and-stormy night. They soon meet Dr. Frank N. Furter, the “Sweet Transvestite” mad scientist who is about to reveal his latest Frankenstein-esque creation. With a little help from drive-in usherettes, creepy sidekicks, and, of course, the “Time Warp,” Brad and Janet usher in the Halloween season. The show contains strong sexual themes and language.

This version is a choreographed production of the entire show, performed with scripts-in-hand and an on-stage orchestra, costuming and limited set.

The show will take place at 8 p.m. on October 22 and 23, and at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on October 24. Tickets are $25 through $40, $5 more on the day of show. Tickets are available from the box office at  801.581.6961 or www.pioneertheatre.org.


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