LOS ANGELES -- Bob Simon, who has played the role of Frank `N' Furter in various mountings of The Rocky Horror Show since 1993 has now joined the cast of the hit Los Angeles production. Simon, who took Frank to 10 countries during a 1996 international tour, said of the jaunt, "Traveling across the world has been an amazing experience. Now I can seduce anyone in almost any language." The Rocky Horror Show opened at the Tiffany Theatre Jan. 29 and was scheduled to run through Feb. 20 but has now been extended to April 25.
With book, music & lyrics by Richard O'Brien, the musical premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best New Musical, and subsequently played 2,960 performances before closing in Sept. 1980. The show, with Tim Curry repeating his London role as Dr. Frank 'N' Furter, ran at the Roxy Theatre in L.A. from March 1973 to Jan. 1975.
Since 1981, the film version has achieved cult midnight feature status.
Dennis Erdnamn directs the current production for producer Paula Holt. Featured alongside Simon are Paxton Whitehead (Artist Descending a Staircase) and Hynden Welch (the Broadway mounting of Little Voice).
Todd Oldham, known for his retro-inspired fashions (as seen in "Batman Forever"), is the costume designer (along with Denise Wingate). The set is by Yael Pardess and Cara T. Hoepner, lights by Ken Booth, sound by Francois Bergeron.
The Tiffany is at 8532 Sunset Blvd. For information on Rocky Horror call (310) 289-2999.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent