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Barry Bostwick of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ talks about the 2022 national tour

Veteran actor Barry Bostwick chatted about the 2022 national tour of the iconic “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick. Photo Courtesy of Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick. Photo Courtesy of Barry Bostwick

Veteran actor Barry Bostwick chatted about the 2022 national tour of the timeless “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which is celebrating its 47th anniversary.

Bostwick is known for playing the role of Brad Majors and he will greet and talk to his fans in person as the longest-running theatrical release in motion picture history will be shown in 22 cities (the nationwide tour recently kicked off on October 2nd in St. Petersburg).

This live Interactive musical comedy experience showcases an onstage shadow cast. Bostwick explained why “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is one of film history’s most enduring classics: “It’s fun, noisy, and rude and only exists today because of the dedicated fan base and incredible ‘shadow casts’ from around the world.” “I am just starting to go on this long tour,” he said. “The hardest trip to pack for is a two-week trip. Packing for that is such a dilemma,” he said with a chuckle.

The show will also feature a costume contest, a performance by the local Shadow Cast, and a memorabilia display with artifacts and costumes from the movie. The Shadow Cast hilariously acts out the movie on stage while the movie plays on screen. “People can expect fun, a party, and a lot of rudeness, they can expect to get their freak on after two years of being shut in,” he said.

“The Shadow Cast is excellent and they will be doing the movie in front of the movie. There will also be a Question and Answer (Q&A) session with me. It is sex, drugs, and rock and roll, so don’t take it too seriously,” he added.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is the classic little comedy horror that conquered Hollywood. The hit movie stars Tim Curry as the devious and fabulous Frank-N-Furter, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick, and Susan Sarandon as everybody’s favorite nerdy couple – Brad and Janet – and the film’s creator Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff. The film has become one of the longest weekly showing movies in the world.

“I want the fans to reacquaint themselves with entertainment that has so many levels, whether it is going to change their lives, and they will walk away with a certain tolerance for all of our differences thanks to what this movie has to tell them,” he added.

On Thursday, October 27th, he will be performing at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. “It is just a party, dammit. That’s what we are trying to do: throw a party in any theater we are at and create an atmosphere of letting go,” he said.

Regarding the key to longevity in the entertainment business, he said, “The fan base is the key. The fans created this whole entertainment. We just made a little movie for five weeks and the fans took it over and they basically stole it from us. The fans keep reinventing it every year.”

“New generations come up with new lines to yell at the screen and new costume changes. It’s organic and something that has a life of its own. Each audience is different but they are similar at the same time because they have the same shoutout lines. It’s ever-changing and never-ending,” Bostwick elaborated.

On the title of the current chapter of his life, Bostwick said, “Don’t fall and hurt yourself.”

For young and aspiring actors, he said, “Get a good hobby. You will spend more time doing your hobby than your vocation.”

On his definition of the word success, he said, “No regrets.”

To learn more about veteran actor Barry Bostwick, check out his official Facebook page and visit his website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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