HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Everyone does the time warp again at Spa-Con IV when Barry Bostwick, star of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” comes to Hot Springs for a guest appearance and screening of the classic movie at the comics and pop culture convention on Saturday, September 21.
“’The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is an iconic touchstone to the pop culture of the 1970s, and Barry Bostwick is still a fan favorite for his role as Brad Majors in that classic movie,” said Bill Solleder, marketing director of Visit Hot Springs and one of the founders of Spa-Con. “He will be on hand to meet and greet Spa-Con attendees, pose for photos and introduce a special screening of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at Bank OZK arena the night of September 21.”
Spa-Con 4 will take place September 20 – 22 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tickets are available at Spa-con.org. Early-bird tickets are on sale for Spa-Con 4 at www.spa-con.org. Weekend passes good for the entire convention are $25; day passes are $20, and VIP passes are $100. The ticket prices will increase September 1.
The schedule for Bostwick’s appearance at Spa-Con 4 is:
The multi-genre comics and pop culture convention annually attracts more than 5,000 fans to Hot Springs.
The online IMDB website summarizes “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” thusly:
“On a wild and rain-swept late-November evening, somewhere at an empty stretch of road outside Ohio's merry Denton, the blissfully-affianced, prudish, and boringly innocent young pair of Brad Majors [Bostwick] and Janet Weiss find themselves stranded on their way to visit an ex-tutor. Instead, the couple will inadvertently unearth the cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter's spooky lair of inexhaustible oddities, just in time to partake in the out-of-this-world mad scientist's proud unveiling of his latest, delightfully extravagant, and most daring creation — the ultimate male and the perfect sex symbol: the flaxen-haired, Rocky Horror.
“But, little by little, as the effervescent transgressive force gobbles up whole the unsuspecting visitors of the night, Brad and Janet slowly begin to embrace the potent fascinations of seduction, while an idolized Rocky roams free in the mansion.”
Winning Golden Globe, Tony and Peabody awards for a long and multifaceted career Barry Bostwick continues to work in all genres, with recently released films “The Incredibles 2,” “Grand Daddy Day Care,” “Bigger Fatter Liar,” “A Mermaids Tale” and “Three Days in August,” among others.
He also has starred in recent TV offerings on “Will and Grace,” Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” “Still The King,” “Signed Sealed and Delivered” for Hallmark and “Great Performances” on PBS.
Probably best known for playing Brad Majors in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and Mayor Randall Winston in the long-running sitcom “Spin City,” he also created the role of Danny Zuko in the original Broadway production of “Grease.”
Robotic rock ‘n’ roll band Cybertronic Spree will kick off Spa-Con IV with a free concert on Friday, September 20.
Spa-Con IV also will feature a return engagement by Bumblebee, the spectacular 12-foot tall cosplay character who helped Spa-Con reap an award from the Arkansas Festival and Events Association.
Solleder said, “Our celebration of pop culture and comics brings together a diverse audience that loves everything from Batman to ‘Stranger Things,’ Pac-Man to Mario Smash Bros, Dungeons and Dragons to Pokemon and everything in between.
“This year we are featuring a return visit by Bumblebee, the spectacular 12-foot robot cosplay character who was such a hit at Spa-Con 3. A photo of Bumblebee arriving at Spa-Con 3 by Spa-Con photographer Alejandro Martinez of Hot Springs won the 2018 AlFiE award for Best Photo.
Solleder said Spa-Con provides “possibly the best people-watching fun in the state. It has hosted celebrities from ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and ‘Stranger Things,’ not to mention, NASA scientists and 12-foot-tall robots.”