Christopher Peterson returns to Waterfront Playhouse for ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’ opening Oct. 14. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

After an 18-month hiatus, the Waterfront Playhouse on Mallory Square will rise from the depths of COVID and raise the curtain on the “wacky and tacky” cult musical “The Rocky Horror Show.”

This production played a sold-out run at the Waterfront Playhouse in 2019 and will feature most of the same cast.

Directed and choreographed by Tom Thayer, with set design by Michael Boyer and lighting by Kim Hanson, the show features Christopher Peterson in the role of that sweet transvestite Frank N. Furter. 

Peterson, the star of La Te Da’s Eyecons, most recently appeared on the Waterfront stage in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” which was the last production at the Waterfront before the COVID shutdown.

That lovable duo, Brad and Janet, will again be played by Key West favorites Arthur Crocker and Belle Jampol. Crocker also appeared in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” while Jampol has been entertaining Key West as lead singer for Coconut Victrola. 

Magenta, Riff Raff and Columbia will be played by Jillian Todd, Donovan Pavlicek and Carolyn Cooper. Ross Pipkin will dance into the role of Eddie. John McDonald will return as Dr. Scott and Tony Konrath will again play the Narrator.

Joshua Lawson will play the role of Rocky. Lawson has worked in many facets of entertainment and was most recently dance captain and actor/singer in “Beach Blanket Beagle”at Cedar Point Theme Park as well as a mainstage dancer traveling to Asia aboard Princess Cruises. 

“The Rocky Horror Show” is a rock-and-roll parody of B-movie horror flicks and tells the tale of Brad and Janet who, on a fateful night, stumble across Dr. Frank N. Furter and his unveiling of his newest creation, Rocky. Filled with hit songs and plenty of audience participation, this musical has become an international cult favorite. 

“Participation bags” will be on sale prior to entry to the theater. The bags, which include “Time Warp” dance instructions, flashlight, card, noise makers, party hats and newspapers are all you need to participate with this production. (No other items are allowed.)

The show runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 14-16, 20-23 and 26-29. Tickets  are $50 and $60 and are available at waterfrontplayhouse.org or 305-294-5015.

Limited tickets are available, as the Waterfront Playhouse is limiting the size of the audience.   Masks are required. If you have forgotten yours, extras will be available at the box office window. Every guest must present written proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test that is no older than 72 hours. 

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