This week the gang at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and director Kenny Ortega invite us back to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.”
A noted Criminologist (Tim Curry) tells us about couple Brad (Ryan McCartan) and Janet (Victoria Justice) have recently become engaged after a friends wedding. Deciding to visit the man who brought them together, they head off into a storm to see Dr. Scott (Ben Vereen).
When there car has a flat, Brad and Janet make their way to a lighted building greeted by doorman Riff Raff (Reeve Carney). Explaining that they’ve come on a special night, he takes them to a room filled with song and dance along with maid Magenta (Christina Milian).
After being entertained they are introduced to Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox) who explains that she is making a man, not just any man but the Charles Atlas seal-of-approval kind of man named Rocky (Staz Nair). The party is interrupted when motorcycle man Eddie (Adam Lambert) decides he has something to say about life to the delight of gal-pal Columbia (Annaleigh Ashford).
The evening ends abruptly and Columbia begrudgingly sends Brad and Janet to separate rooms where both would receive a secret visit later in the event. Rocky breaks free because of taunting to Riff Raff and Magenta releases the dogs! Janet becomes upset about the night and runs into Rocky where the two become – well – acquainted.
That’s when the doorbell rings and Brad recognizes Dr. Scott! This makes the Doctor and Riff Raff very nervous. Having had enough of all the guests’ shenanigans, Dr. Frank-n-Furter believes in setting everything right with a floor show.
But it may become the last floor show for them all!
Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter is colorful, flaunting and campy. It clearly looks like she is having a good time and that’s what is important in pulling this off. Being an uber-fan of the 1975 version of Frank and the gang, this is an updated version that will appeal to all that enjoy live stage productions.
Justice as Janet doesn’t waste time shedding her good girl image and McCartan as Brad takes a tad longer but for all his fussing looks good in fishnets! Carney as Riff Raff gives the high pitched attitude performance that I loved. Milian as Magenta has the opportunity to dress up with flair and support her crazed brother.
Ashford as Columbia gives us a look at more than her acting skills. I loved her character of Betty DiMello in the series “Masters of Sex” and appreciate her even more after seeing her play Columbia.
Lambert as Eddie is given the opportunity to tell us how he really loves rock n’ roll and Nair as Rocky relies more on expression for his character than words.
Other cast include Ivy Levan as the singing Usherette, Jayne Eastwood as Butler, Sal Piro as the Photographer, Jeff Lillico as Ralph, and Kelly Van der Burg as Betty.
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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” becomes a jewel in the crown of bringing musicals back to television for Fox. It is campy, fun, filled with song and completely over the top colorful.
I am happy to say that the musical went one step beyond paying homage to the original cast by including Mr. Tim Curry into the mix. He always will have my heart as the campy-esque Furter of 1975 but I also appreciate Laverne Cox’s portrayal with eyes and a grin that are full of mischief.
The DVD includes the Extended Cut Featuring Deleted Scenes and Brad’s version of “Once in a While” Sung by Ryan McCartan, Don’t Dream It Be It: Celebrating Rocky Horror, Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: Comic-Con 2016, Laverne Cox Screen Test and Mick Rock Still Gallery.
In the end — this is definitely a midnight special feature!