Here’s A Photo Of Laverne Cox In ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ As Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Thank the live musical gods, Laverne Cox will be playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter in this fall’s Rocky Horror Picture Show. The tights. The whip. The voice. This production may even be more life-changing than Grease: Live, and all we have so far is a first look. The previews come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who got to chat with Cox about how she’s prepping for the iconic role.
“I get tweets from people, ‘Please don’t f— up Rocky Horror Picture Show!‘” Cox tells EW. “I showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, ‘You were preparing your whole life for this.'”
Training for the role has been “healing,” says Cox, as she’s able to use her chest voice to sing-speak in those low tones we’ll all be singing in the shower in six months. “As a trans woman with a low voice, I had been so afraid of those low tones,” she says. “This is a character where it’s absolutely appropriate that I sing in the bass baritone register that I have. What’s also fun is playing with those higher notes in my register too. This is sort of my professional singing debut. But it’s been wonderful claiming my chest voice.”
Fans of the original Rocky Horror should start prepping themselves, because Cox notes that there are some deliberate differences in their live staging. “We were on set and a reporter saw me and said I looked like the love child of Grace Jones and David Bowie. I said ‘That’s exactly right.’ I think we mix up the look more than they did in the original,” she said. Please hear that now and let it sink in — her look is different than Tim Curry’s.
“It’s inspired by the original but it’s really our own take. It’s way more elaborate and couture. [Director] Kenny Ortega had this vision that Frank was at this old theater and found these old burlesque costumes and is, like, using them and wearing them now but has altered them a bit.”
Thankfully the live version will have one similarity — Tim Curry will appear as the narrator, alongside Victoria Justice as Janet, Adam Lambert as Eddie and Christina Milian as Magenta.