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Here's What Laverne Cox Will Look Like as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 12, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 12, 2016 |

The trend in live musicals on network television has been something of a mixed bag: Every production seems to be met with skepticism, but with the exception of Peter Pan, most have been well received. A live version of Rocky Horror Picture Show sounds like a huge gamble because no one can duplicate Tim Curry’s iconic Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

But Laverne Cox can reinvent the character, and if this image from EW is any indication, she’s going to be wildly successful:


I have not yet deigned to watch any of the live productions, but for this, I’ll make an exception.

“I get tweets from people, ‘Please don’t f— up Rocky Horror Picture Show!’ ” Cox told EW. “I showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, ‘You were preparing your whole life for this.’ ”

But can she sing?

Er, she’s gonna need to work on that.

Rocky Horror live airs this fall on Fox. It will also feature Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), Christina Milian (Magenta), Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), and Adam Lambert (Eddie). Tim Curry himself will be the narrator.

Meanwhile, Cox can be seen in the fourth season of Orange is the New Black next month.

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