James Barbour Departs Rocky Horror Show at the Old Globe

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James Barbour, who was announced to star as Frank 'N' Furter in The Old Globe's new production of The Rocky Horror Show, has exited the cult favorite due to family matters, it was announced Aug. 19.

James Barbour
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A veteran of Broadway's Assassins, A Tale of Two Cities, Beauty and the Beast and Jane Eyre, Barbour, along with executive producer Lou Spisto, announced that he would exit the production due to issues with his wife's pregnancy.

The Old Globe will announce Barbour's replacement shortly.

The Rocky Horror Show will run Sept. 15-Nov. 6. Opening night is Sept. 23. Oanh Nguyen will direct the cult musical with book, music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien, choreography by JT Horenstein and music direction by Mike Wilkins.

As previously reported, the cast also features Andrew Call (Eddie, Phantom), Jeanna de Waal (Janet), Sydney James Harcourt (Rocky), Nadine Isenegger (Columbia), Lauren Lim Jackson (Phantom), Kelsey Kurz (Brad), David Andrew Macdonald (Narrator, Dr. Scott), Anna Schnaitter (Phantom), Laura Shoop (Magenta), Kit Treece (Phantom) and Jason Wooten (Riff Raff).

The 1973 musical that became a cult-hit movie and started a 35-year nonstop cultural phenomenon (with screenings at which audience members act out the picture and dress in costume) concerns Brad and Janet, a clean-cut young couple from the suburbs who stumble into the world of "the devilishly charming transvestite Dr. Frank 'N' Furter…and his mysterious laboratory," offering a "a time warp of sexual and scientific possibilities — and, perhaps, true love."

The creative team also includes Donyale Werle (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Rui Rita (lighting design), Kevin Kennedy (sound design), Aaron Rhyne (projection design) and Anjee Nero (stage mnager).

For tickets and more information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

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