‘I am Johnny Utah’: Dozens audition for Keanu Reaves role in ‘Point Break’ interactive show

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MEATPACKING DISTRICT, Manhattan– It's become the Rocky Horror Picture Show of the 21st Century.

For many fans of "Point Break," coming to this interactive show of the 1991 cult classic at the Highline ballroom  was a chance to audition for the role Keanu Reeves made famous in the action blockbuster.

"Hey, I am Johnny Utah," dozens of theater goers rehearsed before the big audition.

"I have seen this show more than a dozen times," Carly Ayres gushed to PIX 11. "I am obsessed."

There was a three step audition process in Point Break Live. First the opening line, And then some physicality, then just a tad more acting. The winner was chosen by how loud the audience clapped.

This piece of inter-active cult theater is the brainchild of Jaime Keeling who saw this extreme action blockbuster when she was just 13.

And now, for the last 12 years, she has taken this meta-parody, complete with panchos for the water guns, on the road.

"In 2003, when we did the first Point Break Live, I couldn't figure out how to cast the Keanu Reeves part," Jaime Keeling told PIX11. "Then I thought we'd cast from the audience."

On Friday's show, one of the original cast members who had a tiny part then, Rosie, but has had bigger roles recently, most notably on Oz.

"This movie really changed my life," Lee Tergesen told PIX 11. "I never had to wait on tables again. Even though I had a small part, I have seen it at least twenty times, wherever I start watching, I have to go to the end of the movie."