Tim Curry joins “Rocky Horror” television musical
Tim Curry, the Emmy Award-winning actor, Tony Award nominee and creator of the original “Dr. Frank-N-Furter,” will return to the iconic, pop culture phenomenon as the Criminologist Narrator of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
The special will be a two-hour television event airing this fall on FOX. Curry of course originated the breakout “Dr. Frank-N-Furter” role in the 1973 London stage production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” returning to play the character in the Lou Adler-executive-produced film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which premiered September 26, 1975, and has been in theatrical distribution longer than any other film in history.
“I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event,” said Curry.
Curry joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, “Orange is the New Black”), Victoria Justice (Janet, “Victorious”), Ryan McCartan (Brad, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers: the Musical”), Adam Lambert (Eddie, “Glee”), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff, “Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) and Staz Nair (Rocky, “Game of Thrones”).
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist – with the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta – is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair) – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
Executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), Gail Berman (TV, film and Broadway producer) and Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise, “This Is It,” “Descendants,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Newsies”), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history. One of the most popular films of all time, it still plays in movie theaters around the world.
Curry has has also had guest-starring in more recent shows such as “Hot in Cleveland,” “Criminal Minds,” “Psych,” “Will & Grace,” “Roseanne” and “Monk.” In addition to theater and television, Curry has dominated the big screen as well. On film, Curry appeared in “Annie,” “Clue,” “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Scary Movie 2.”
In 2015, Curry was honored by The Actors Fund with an Artistic Achievement Award and later that year, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” film, was named West Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Adler and Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega will also direct and choreograph.