To clarify and elucidate… THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” will air Thursday, Oct. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX! I know. I know what you’re thinking, ‘How can they improve on the original and why would they?’ I get it but think about this… it will air just in time for Halloween on FOX giving this campy horror classic the chance to attract an entire new generation of fans. Isn’t that what we want for this incredible production? I know I’d like to see it continue to attract audiences for another 40 years (yes, it’s been in theatrical distribution for 40 years! – makes me feel old, how about you?) Which is longer than any other film in history – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is one of the most popular films of all time, and still plays in movie theaters around the world.
This special two-hour musical event follows sweethearts JANET (Victoria Justice, co-host of TEEN CHOICE 2016, “Victorious”) and BRAD (Ryan McCartan, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”), who stumble upon DR. FRANK-N-FURTER’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox, “Doubt,” “Orange is the New Black”) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad-scientist, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of ROCKY HORROR – a muscle-bound specimen created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Actor and singer Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) will star in the role.
Also featured in the event are “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert as EDDIE, Reeve Carney (“Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”) as RIFF RAFF, Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (“Sylvia,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Masters of Sex”) as COLUMBIA, Christina Milian (“Grandfathered”) as MAGENTA, Ivy Levan as USHERETTE, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (“Pippin”) as DR. EVERETT SCOTT and Emmy Award nominee Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, as the show’s CRIMINOLOGIST NARRATOR.
Let’s all give this incredible cast the benefit of the doubt and tune in on October 20 (8:00 – 10:00 pm ET/PT) and see if doing the Time Warp is still as much fun. What better time to introduce this cult classic to your older children – make this a family event and maybe even a family tradition.
Special note to anyone reading who is at SDCC today and through the weekend. Be sure to head to the FOX booth #4229 for special Rocky Horror giveaways and merchandise. TNWU has Fox’s complete schedule of activities for the weekend here.
“THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” is from Fox 21 Television Studios, Ode Sounds & Visuals, and The Jackal Group. It is executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and executive producer of the original “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), Gail Berman (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” former President of Fox Broadcasting Company) and Kenny Ortega (Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer, “High School Musical” franchise, “This Is It,” “Descendants,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Newsies”). Ortega also directs and choreographs, along with Tony Testa. “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” is based upon the original screenplay by Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien with lyrics and music by Richard O’Brien.
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