At the beginning of Fox’s TV “reimagining” of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, prudish couple Brad (Liv and Maddie’s Ryan McCartan) and Janet (Eye Candy’s Victoria Justice) get stranded in a storm and take refuge in Dr. Frank-N-Furter's castle. And that’s when they start questioning things... sexually. Says Justice: “There’s definitely a major sexual awakening and one that I haven’t explored on screen yet. I’m excited about it!”
Orange Is the New Black star Lavern Cox (seen here with Ben Vereen as Dr. Scott) takes on Tim Curry’s infamous doctor from Transsexual, Transylvania. “I get tweets from people, ‘Please don’t f--- up Rocky Horror Picture Show!’ ” says Cox, laughing. “I showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, ‘You were preparing your whole life for this.’ ”
While the young cast, seen here, is new to Rocky, there will be one familiar face: Tim Curry will return, this time as the narrator. “The first day of rehearsals in Los Angeles, Tim listened to me sing every song from the show,” says Cox. “That was really intimidating. I had to sing in front of the man who made all these songs iconic. It’s just a gift he’s involved in our production.”
Mad scientist Frank’s greatest creation is Rocky (Game of Thrones’ Staz Nair). For this version, Rocky’s “wardrobe” got a bit of an update by six-time Tony-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. “I’m wearing these nice, sexy knee-high platform boots and a gold latex bathing suit,” says Nair. “I felt very sassy and I owned it.”
Frank’s minions Magenta (Grandfathered’s Christina Milian), Riff Raff (Penny Dreadful’s Reeve Carney), and Columbia (Masters of Sex's Annaleigh Ashford) welcome Brad and Janet with the “Time Warp,” an even more colorful dance number in this production. “It’s the same score and the same story and the same characters and the same good camp and fun,” says director Kenny Ortega.