SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Old Globe Theatre named a new leading man Tuesday for its upcoming stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show."
Matt McGrath, who recently portrayed the emcee in a revival of "Cabaret," will replace acclaimed Broadway actor James Barbour, who announced his exit last week in the wake of San Diego media reports on a decade-old scandal involving Barbour and a 15-year-old girl in New York.
McGrath will take the role of transvestite Frank-N-Furter in the production that is set to open Sept. 23.
He has performed in the international tour of Tom Waits' and William S. Burroughs' "The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets," "Hedwig and the Angry Itch" and "A Fair Country at Lincoln Center Theater."
In a news release, Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto attributed Barbour's departure to his wife's pregnancy complications. The 45-year-old actor issued a similar statement on his Facebook page.
In 2001, Barbour was accused of seducing a girl who visited him backstage after a performance of "Jane Eyre" on Broadway, according to published reports. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child in 2008, and in exchange, prosecutors dropped felony charges against the actor.
As part of his plea agreement, Barbour is required to mention his past criminal history to future employers, according to published reports. It was not clear whether Old Globe officials knew of the case prior to an article that appeared recently in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
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