The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of those cult classic films that just won’t die. To this day, there are theaters across the country that host screenings of the movie for its dedicated fanbase. And they show up in costume ready to scream every line and lyric. It’s one of those movies that hasn’t been remade (aside from a tribute episode of Glee) because it never really went away. In fact, it seems to buck the movie industry trend completely by gaining continuous momentum as the years pass. But FOX has set out to give Rocky Horror the live musical treatment this fall. After its pitch perfect take on Grease Live!, it seems this is really something to look forward to.
1. Laverne Cox Is Dr. Frank N. Furter.
I mean, this is reason enough for me to watch. Laverne Cox, who was the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy, is an on-screen force. She constantly steals our hearts on Orange Is The New Black, and she’s got some serious comedic chops. Adam Lambert was originally asked to play the role but was an advocate for an actual transgender person to play the part and belt out ‘Sweet Tranvestite’. And speaking of Adam Lambert…
2. Adam Lambert is taking on Meatloaf’s role of Eddie.
The American Idol alum has been known to belt a song or two. And though he’s got some big shoes to fill, I’m sure he can handle it.
3. Tim Curry is back but in a different role.
For those who were hoping to catch a glimpse of Curry donning his infamous Dr. Frank N. Furter garb, you’ll be disappointed. But don’t be sad as he’ll be contributing in a big way: as the Criminologist Narrator.
4. FOX knows how to handle this sort of thing.
If you’re like me, you had your doubts when you heard FOX was jumping aboard the live musical train. But with Grease, the network absolutely killed it delivering a thrilling show and record-breaking ratings. In expert hands, Rocky Horror will surely be a smash.
5. This will be a great moment of LGBT visibility.
You have to admit that broadcasting ‘Sweet Transvestite’ sung by a transgender woman into the living rooms of Middle America will be a pretty visible moment for us. I know we’re making strides with more roles in mainstream programs, but this is a big deal. I can’t wait to see it (and the reaction from the Parents Television Council).