Groundbreaker Laverne Cox Will Star in Fox's "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Live Remake

News   Groundbreaker Laverne Cox Will Star in Fox's "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Live Remake
Laverne Cox, the ground-breaking transgender actress who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on "Orange Is the New Black," has been announced to star as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox's 2016 live broadcast of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
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Laverne Cox

Cox's casting is the first to be announced for the anticipated fall broadcast of the cult classic, which is being re-imagined for Fox. Tim Curry created the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Broadway and film versions of the musical.

Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise, “This Is It,” “Descendants,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Newsies”) will direct, choreograph and executive-produce "Rocky Horror" for Fox.

The Time Magazine cover girl, is also known for portraying transgender inmate "Sophia Burset" on the hit Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black." Her screen work also includes the CBS pilot "Doubt," "The Mindy Project," "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," "Faking It" and the Lily Tomlin comedy "Grandma."

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Her documentary, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," won a Daytime Emmy Award and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Her next trans-themed documentary, "Free CeCe," is scheduled for release next year.

"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, 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. Richard 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.

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