Dr. Frank'n'Furter Is a Mann in Bway Rocky Horror Aug. 30

News   Dr. Frank'n'Furter Is a Mann in Bway Rocky Horror Aug. 30 Terrence Mann, once the uptight police inspector Javert, is loosening up — and undressing — as the "sweet tranvestite" Dr. Frank'n'Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Aug. 30, Mann replaces Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, who is sinking his teeth into a new role: the title count in Frank Wildhorn's Dracula. Hewitt left the show Aug. 19, with an understudy filling in for the two-week gap before Mann arrives.

Terrence Mann, once the uptight police inspector Javert, is loosening up — and undressing — as the "sweet tranvestite" Dr. Frank'n'Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Aug. 30, Mann replaces Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, who is sinking his teeth into a new role: the title count in Frank Wildhorn's Dracula. Hewitt left the show Aug. 19, with an understudy filling in for the two-week gap before Mann arrives.

Mann was Tony-nominated for playing Javert in Les Miserables and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Other Broadway credits include Rum Tum Tugger in the original company of Cats, the ringmaster in Barnum, Greg Reed in Getting Away With Murder, Saul in Rags and the narrator in Jerome Robbins' Broadway.

Mann is the latest addition to Rocky Horror, home of eclectic casting. Recent company members included "Beverly Hills, 90210"'s Luke Perry, replacing a vactationing Jarrod Emick, political comedian Kate Clinton replacing a vacationing Dick Cavett and "Saturday Night Live"'s Ana Gasteyer permenantly replacing rocker Joan Jett. P> Jordan Roth's revival of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show opened Nov. 15 at Circle in the Square. The show started previews Oct. 20, 2000.

The cult musical features an eclectic cast, including Dick Cavett (Into the Woods, Otherwise Engaged, television's "The Dick Cavett Show"), Lea DeLaria (On the Town, Chicago, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, "The First Wives Club"), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Two Sisters and a Piano, Flawless ) and Alice Ripley (Side Show, James Joyce's The Dead, King David, Les Miz, Sunset Boulevard).

Director Christopher Ashley (Drama Dept.'s Communicating Doors, As Thousands Cheer and Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life at the New York Theatre Workshop) helms the show. Producer Jordan Roth is the son of producer Daryl Roth (Wit, Three Tall Women and The Bomb-itty of Errors) and himself the producer of the Off-Broadway hit, The Donkey Show. Over the years, the stage and film versions of the show have engendered a strong fan base, which has been described as a cult following.

The stage version of the show ran on Broadway for about one month in 1975. The film version, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," was also released in 1975 and was directed by Jim Sharman. The film featured many members of the Broadway cast and starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Jonathan Adams, Meatloaf, Little Nell (Campbell), Charles Gray and Patricia Quinn.

Tickets are $20-$85. Circle in the Square is located at 1633 Broadway, on W. 50 St. For tickets call Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200.