“I see you shiver with antici….PATION!”
Are you a fan of the original 1975 cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show?” If so, you may be delighted to hear that on October 20th, FOX will be airing their version of Rocky Horror and this time the show will be live. Within the last few years, FOX has taken it upon themselves to reproduce live versions of our favorite classics such as Grease and The Sound of Music, exposing younger generations to musicals they might never get to see otherwise. The live version will be directed and choreographed by award-winning choreographer and director, Kenny Ortega. You might know Ortega from his work on the High School Musical trilogies, as well as his choreography on Dirty Dancing.
Making up this new cast are some familiar faces, including one of the most familiar faces who will sadly not be reprising his original role. Tim Curry (the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter) will now be playing the role of the Criminologist, who narrates the show. His replacement however, is fantastic. Laverne Cox, best known for her role as Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black, will now be playing the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Playing the newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, will be Ryan McCartan (known his role on the Disney show, Liv & Maddie) and Victoria Justice (best known for her role in the Nickelodeon classic, Victorious!).
Another familiar face we’ll be seeing is that of former American Idol winner and Glee star, Adam Lambert. Lambert will be playing the role of Eddie, Frank-N-Furter’s ex-delivery boy as well as former lover and partial brain donor to Rocky, Frank-N-Furter’s current creation).
If you have never seen Rocky Horror, I highly suggest you take a look before watching the live version come October. The musical follows the journey of a newly engaged couple who find themselves entangled in an odd journey at the Frank-N-Furter castle, surrounded by an overly sexual mad scientist, a man-made ‘monster’, and other strange alien creatures. It’s a magical, mind-blowing, hilariously uncomfortable journey. I do however, recommend that if you have children, please do not let them watch it. It’s rated R for language and sexuality.
Though I do not really prefer remakes, I have to say that so far, FOX is doing an excellent job of creating live action musicals and I am definitely shivering with antici…pation!
Watch a sneak peak here!