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Remake continues musical TV's time warp

Cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets the big-budget treatment from Fox

Steve Wilkie / FOX</p><p>Transgender actress Laverne Cox (centre) stands out from her co-stars Ryan McCartan (left) and Victoria Justice (right) and shows she's a bona fide triple threat as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Fox adaptation of Rocky Horror.</p>

Steve Wilkie / FOX

Transgender actress Laverne Cox (centre) stands out from her co-stars Ryan McCartan (left) and Victoria Justice (right) and shows she's a bona fide triple threat as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Fox adaptation of Rocky Horror.

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This article was published 14/10/2016 (952 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

They say you can't go back again. And maybe that's true.

But can you do the Time Warp again?

Fox is betting heavily that you'll want to — and that its remake of the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show will inspire a whole new generation of campy-movie fans to spend an evening jumping to the left and pelvic thrusting to the otherwordly soundtrack.

The new version, which carries the doubled-up full title The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, airs Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. on Fox and Citytv. Among the remake's unique charms is the fact its producers have cast a transgender actress, Laverne Cox, in the role of the sexually ambiguous and musically outrageous Dr. Frank-N-Furter (originally played by Tim Curry, who appears as the show's resident criminologist/narrator).

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 14/10/2016 (952 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

They say you can't go back again. And maybe that's true.

But can you do the Time Warp again?

Fox is betting heavily that you'll want to — and that its remake of the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show will inspire a whole new generation of campy-movie fans to spend an evening jumping to the left and pelvic thrusting to the otherwordly soundtrack.

The new version, which carries the doubled-up full title The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, airs Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. on Fox and Citytv. Among the remake's unique charms is the fact its producers have cast a transgender actress, Laverne Cox, in the role of the sexually ambiguous and musically outrageous Dr. Frank-N-Furter (originally played by Tim Curry, who appears as the show's resident criminologist/narrator).

It's a brilliant casting coup, as Cox (best known for her Emmy-nominated work on Orange Is The New Black) proves herself to be a legitimate triple threat, effectively singing, dancing and sneering her way through the film's many over-the-top musical numbers. She's aided by a strong supporting cast that includes Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice as waylaid wandering sweethearts Brad and Janet, whose ill-considered stormy-night drive in the woods leads them to the hidden-castle headquarters of Frank-N-Furter and his oddly dressed array of madly scientific underlings.

Heading up the castle-bound chaos are Riff Raff (Reeve Carney), Magenta (Christina Milian) and Columbia (Annaleigh Ashford), but the intended star of this bizarre dinner-party show is Rocky himself (Staz Nair), a musclebound, made-to-order man whom the not-so-good doctor has assembled and animated to fulfil her considerable desires.

In the course of this unusual evening, Brad and Janet will have their eyes opened and their innocence stolen as Frank-N-Furter's full out-of-this-world intentions are revealed. It's a crazy, not-quite-comprehensible collection of plotlines and musical interludes that is presented with a lot more polish and decidedly more diligent attention to production values than the original could ever have imagined.

And that's both a blessing and a curse for this 21st-century Rocky Horror — because much of the kooky charm that allowed the 1975 big-screen version to cultivate a small but intensely loyal following was rooted in its obviously low-budget attitude and execution. Giving Rocky Horror a big TV-event budget makes it a lot better looking, but making it look great also makes it much more obvious that the story and songs are mostly of the middling-quality variety.

Still, there are noteworthy moments that live up to Rocky Horror's kitschy-cool reputation — the titular Time Warp is very well done, and Cox's interpretation of Sweet Transvestite is at least equal to, and very possibly better than, Curry's original. The crash-and-croon contribution of Adam Lambert as biker/intruder Eddie (a role handled by Meat Loaf in the 1975 movie) is another of this version's highlights.

How Fox's revival of Rocky Horror stacks up to the original will be up to each viewer to decide. What's certain, however, is that this well-produced and heavily promoted event will do its part to advance the new wave of popularity being enjoyed by TV revivals of stage and screen musicals, started by NBC's live-event productions of The Sound of MusicPeter PanThe Wiz and Hairspray and Fox's recent remake of Grease.

This new Rocky Horror is far from perfect — which, actually, is as it should be — but it's the silly, sexy, sing-along-friendly kind of fun that will attract a decent-sized audience and ensure the musical genre's time-warped TV renaissance continues.

brad.oswald@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @BradOswald

Brad Oswald

Brad Oswald
Perspectives Editor

After three decades spent writing stories, columns and opinion pieces about television, comedy and other pop-culture topics in the paper’s entertainment section, Brad Oswald shifted his focus to the deep-thoughts portion of the Free Press’s daily operation.

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