In a culture brimming with “cult classics,” only one can claim to have created the genre. After countless adaptations, The Rocky Horror Show comes to Scottsdale Desert Stages Theater, 4720 North Scottsdale Road, with a production fit for veterans and virgins alike.
The transvestite tour de force chronicles the encounter between newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, and Dr. Frank N. Furter, a crazed, cross-dressing scientist. Madness and musical numbers ensue, like fan favorite “Time Warp.”
Director Jean-Paul Clemente says his production stays true to Richard O’Brien’s original, with subtle winks to the film (starring Tim Curry) through set design and audience participation — but his characters aren’t parodies.
“Even Rocky Horror has an underlying basis in reality,” he says.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through August 10, with late night 10:30 p.m. shows Saturday, July 27, and Friday, August 2 and 9. Tickets are $22 and $25, available at www.desertstages.org or 480-483-1664.