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Rocky Horror meets the apocalypse in King GuitArthur and The Drüggs.

Mia Cantu April 4th, 2012

The Mayans obviously had it wrong: The end of the world is actually in April. Cause of demise? Alien rock music. For proof, you need only join in the fun of the rock musical King GuitArthur and the Drüggs. It features an apocalypse, original songs and glitter.

King GuitArthur and The Drüggs
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
The Boom
2218 N.W. 39th

Lots and lots of glitter. Written by Nicholas Tankersley and Matthew Alvin Brown and featuring 14 songs written by Brown, GuitArthur focuses on an alien rock band that comes to Earth and gives one final show before they destroy the planet with their music.

“The idea is just completely fun in the way that The Rocky Horror Picture Show is,” said Brown. “We just want people to come have a good time, listen to some really ridiculous rock songs and escape for a little while.”

Brown said that the goal of this production is to entertain fans of musicals, rock ’n’ roll or both. If you like one and not the other, then still expect to enjoy this unique experience.

“This is a very cabaret-style show,” said Tankersley. “It’s an apocalyptic, glitter-rock spectacular.”

Brown, who takes the lead as King GuitArthur, is no stranger to rock musicals, having also starred in in a 2010 OKC production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the 2008 locally made film, Rainbow Around the Sun. The Drüggs, the king’s milkloving bandmates, are portrayed by longtime local musicians Nathan Siler, Jacob Becannen, David Spindle and Richard York.

Professional costume designer Christopher Sieker, who has done work for the Lyric Theatre and Civic Center Music Hall stages, is credited with a King GuitArthur wardrobe that’s been likened to 18th-century Francemeets-Brooklyn’s 1970s glam rock.

Sponsors are Alley Cats Salon, 23rd Street Body Piercing, Atomic Lotus Tattoos and Broadway Wine Merchants. Tankersley and Brown said they are thrilled with the amount of support they have received.

“The great thing about living in Oklahoma and making your art is that so many people are supportive and willing to let you come into their place,” said Brown.

If it were a movie, GuitArthur would be rated R for some satirical content in its songs, he said. The audience is welcome to show up to The Boom early and enjoy dinner and drinks before the musical begins.

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