Entertainment Weekly has posted an exclusive photo of Laverne Cox, the ground-breaking transgender actress who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Orange Is the New Black, in costume for Fox's upcoming remake of The Rocky Horror Show, which will air this fall.
She appears with Broadway favorite Ben Vereen in makeup as Dr. Scott.
Cox is cast as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the TV production, which also features Adam Lambert, Christina Milian, Staz Nair, Annaleigh Ashford, Tim Curry and more.
Cox told EW, “I showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, ‘You were preparing your whole life for this.’”
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter (played by Curry on Broadway and in the film), a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist, is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror”—a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank‘s desires.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was adapted from the 1973 West End musical The Rocky Horror Show, which ran only 45 performances on Broadway in 1975. The film, which came out just a few months later, used several members of the Broadway cast, including Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien (also the composer/lyricist/librettist) and Meat Loaf. O'Brien wrote the stage version and collaborated with Jim Sharman on the film, which was also directed by Sharman.
Among highlights of the score are “Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite (from Transylvania).”
The film was not a hit in its original release, but soon developed into a favorite in midnight screenings at which fans dressed up like the characters and answered the dialogue on the screen.