Playbill Poll: Who Should Join Laverne Cox in the TV Remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"?

News   Playbill Poll: Who Should Join Laverne Cox in the TV Remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"?
 
It was recently announced that "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox will star as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a role made famous by Tim Curry, in Fox TV's 2016 remake of the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Playbill.com took to Twitter to ask its readers to suggest actors they thought should join Cox in doing the "Time Warp."

As Brad, a hero:

In "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Brad Majors is perceived to be awkward and clean-cut — a stereotypically perfect boyfriend and fiancé. However, it takes a surprisingly little amount of persuasion to get Brad to let loose. The role of Brad was originated on screen by Barry Bostwick, who can be heard on the film soundtrack singing "Damn It, Janet."

Darren Criss

Darren Criss
Darren Criss

Darren Criss recently starred on Broadway in the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He was also seen as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and portrayed Blaine Anderson on "Glee." Criss was the man behind the creation of Elsie Fest, a live outdoor music festival featuring Broadway performers singing show tunes and some of their favorite songs.

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff is currently starring as King George III in Lin-Manuel Miranda's critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton. Groff originated the role of Melchior in Spring Awakening and starred in the HBO series "Looking." Groff will begin filming the "Looking" TV film finale later this month. (Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will step into the role of King George III while Groff is out.)

 

As Janet, a heroine

In "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Janet Weiss is seen as a good girl  — completely innocent and uncorrupted. However, after getting a flat tire and entering the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Janet lets her inner wild child out. The role of Janet was originated on screen by Susan Sarandon, who can be heard on the film soundtrack singing "Touch-A-Touch-A-Touch-A-Touch Me."

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty has appeared on Broadway as Glinda in Wicked and as Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5. She also starred as Ivy Lynn on NBC's "Smash" and brought her performance as Marilyn Monroe in the fictional musical Bombshell to the stage in a one-night-only concert performance. Hilty is set to star in a City Center concert version of Annie Get Your Gun and Roundabout Theatre Company's 2016 Broadway revival of Noises Off.

Emily Padgett

Emily Padgett
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Emily Padgett recently starred as Daisy Hilton in the Broadway revival of Side Show. She has also appeared on Broadway in Rock of Ages, Grease and Legally Blonde.

 

As Riff Raff, a handyman

In "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Riff Raff is a servant who works in Dr. Frank-N-Furter's castle. He and his sister Magenta assist in creating Rocky. The role of Riff Raff was originated on screen by Richard O'Brien, who can be heard on the film soundtrack singing "Time Warp."

Wesley Taylor

Wesley Taylor
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Wesley Taylor has appeared on Broadway in the original casts of The Addams Family and Rock of Ages. He recently starred as the Emcee in Signature Theatre's production of Cabaret. Taylor also appeared as Bobby on NBC's "Smash."

 

As Magenta, a domestic

In "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Magenta is a maid who works in Dr. Frank-N-Furter's castle. She and her brother Riff Raff assist in creating Rocky. The role of Magenta was originated on screen by Patricia Quinn, who can be heard on the film soundtrack singing "Time Warp."

Heidi Blickenstaff

Heidi Blickenstaff
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Heidi Blickenstaff is currently starring as Bea in Something Rotten! on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include [title of show], The Full Monty, The Little Mermaid and The Addams Family.

As Rocky, a creation

In "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Rocky is a creation of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. In many incarnations he is seen wearing nothing but shiny gold shorts. The role of Rocky was originated on screen by Peter Hinwood.

Nick Adams

Nick Adams
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Nick Adams most recently appeared on Broadway as Adam/Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. He has also been seen in Chicago, A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles, Guys and Dolls and more. Adams appeared as Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK. 

 

As Columbia, a groupie

In "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Columbia is the ex-girlfriend of Eddie. At first, she is very attentive and loyal to Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but eventually turns on him when she realizes that he is only using her. The role of Columbia was originated on screen by "Little" Nell Campbell, who can be heard on the film soundtrack singing "Time Warp." 

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress, who is currently starring as The Countess on "American Horror Story: Hotel." She has collaborated with Beyoncé, Tony Bennett, Justin Timberlake and more.

Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford
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Annaleigh Ashford is currently starring in the title role in Sylvia on Broadway. She originated the roles of Lauren in Kinky Boots and Margot in Legally Blonde. Ashford won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Essie Carmichael in the Broadway revival of You Can't Take It With You.

 

As Eddie, an ex-delivery boy

In "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Eddie is a delivery boy who has half of his brain stolen in order to create Rocky. He is Columbia's ex-boyfriend. The role of Eddie was originated on screen by Michael Lee "Meat Loaf" Aday, who can be heard on the film soundtrack singing "Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul)."

Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria
Lea DeLaria

 

Lea DeLaria, who appears as Carrie "Big Boo" Black on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," starred as Eddie in the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. DeLaria also appeared on Broadway as Hildy Esterhazy in the 1998 revival of On The Town.

Jack Black

Jack Black
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Jack Black is a comedian who has starred in such films as "School of Rock" and "Nacho Libre." He also provided the voice for Po the panda in "Kung Fu Panda." Black can be seen as R.L. Stine in the "Goosebumps" film, which is currently playing in theatres.

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